Granta Event in New York


Fathers: The Men Who Made Us
with Joseph O’Neill and Jonathan Lethem
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 7pm

On Tuesday January 27, Granta’s US Editor John Freeman will be joined by Joseph O’Neill and Jonathan Lethem to discuss ‘Fathers: The Men Who Made Us’. For Granta 104, both writers responded to their favourite photographs of their fathers: Kevin O’Neill, an engineer whose career took him from Balikpapan, Borneo to Barry, South Wales; and Richard Lethem, a ‘painter and poet and political activist’ in 1970s New York. (You can read Jonathan Lethem’s piece here.)

Joseph O’Neill was born in Ireland and raised primarily in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly for the Atlantic Monthly and is the author of three novels, Netherland, This Is the Life and The Breezes, and a family history, Blood-Dark Track, which was a New York Times Notable Book and was first published by Granta Books.

Jonathan Lethem is the author of several novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Award. He is also the author of the story collection The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye and the novella This Shape We’re In. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and many other periodicals.

This event will be held at Housing Works Bookstore at 126 Crosby Sreet, New York. Tickets are free. For more information, please call (212) 334-3324 or visit



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