Carlin Romano in Conversation with Nobel Literature Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk  


Annenberg School for Communication Lecturer Carlin Romano will conduct a public conversation on Thursday, October 22, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, with Turkish Novelist Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pamuk’s novels, which involve issues of personal identity, tensions between East and West, modernism’s clash with tradition and a fascination with the creative arts, include The New Life, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and My Name is Red. Pamuk’s just-published new novel, A Strangeness in My Mind (Alfred A. Knopf), focuses on an Istanbul street vendor who dreams of success amid the serried streets of his beguiling city.

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street.

The event is the first of two public conversations that Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and former longtime Book Editor and Literary Critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer, is conducting this fall as part of the Free Library’s “Author Events” series.

On  Wednesday, Nov. 18, Romano will hold an on-stage conversation with Kamel Daoud, the Algerian novelist and journalist whose debut novel, The Meursault Investigation (Other Press), has been called by the New Yorker magazine a “tour-de force reimagining” of Albert Camus’s The Stranger. The story is told from the point of view of the nameless Arab killed by the anti-hero of Camus’s classic existential novel. The Meursault Investigation won France’s prestigious Goncourt Prize for a First Novel, as well as the Prix Francois Mauriac.