Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Royal Society of Literature Event - Simon Sebag Montefiore on 5 December
Simon Sebag Montefiore Stalin and the writers
Chaired by Colin Thubron
THE SKIDELSKY LECTURE
Over the past decade, Simon Sebag Montefiore has established himself as one of our most distinguished and psychologically acute historians. His award-winning books have been translated into more than 35 languages, and Jerusalem, published earlier this year, shot straight to the top of the non-fiction bestseller charts. This evening, he returns to the figure at the centre of two of his earlier works, Young Stalin and Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar. Born in poverty, the man who was to create the USSR and to become responsible for the deaths of countless millions was hailed when young as a romantic poet, and his love of literature stayed with him until his death in 1953. In a talk chaired by Colin Thubron, who has been drawn repeatedly to the former Soviet Union in his travels, Sebag Montefiore explores Stalin’s treatment of writers and their work, and considers the effects on himself as a writer of spending several years in the company of a man whom he describes as ‘part-intellectual, part-brigand’.
Venue: The Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House
Fellows and Members: book your seatsonlineor by ringing Hazel on 020 7845 4676. Seats for guests (one per meeting) must also be booked in advance.
A limited number of tickets will be sold on the door, from 6pm, on a first come, first served basis (£8/£5 conc).