Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano will conduct a public conversation on Thursday, Oct. 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. Tickets are $15 general admission, $7 for students.
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. That event will be free, with no tickets or pre-reservations required.
Professor Romano, who is teaching an “Existentialism” seminar this term, advises that any Ursinus student who might be interested in attending either event should email him and he will make arrangements for the student to attend.