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Something Fun in the Eyre
Jasper Fforde, whose comedy/fantasy novel The Eyre Affair is a New York Times bestseller, will visit Washington College April 27-May 1.
Novelist Jasper Fforde, whose forays into the genre of comedy/fantasy create worlds where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality, and literature is taken very, very seriously, will visit Washington College for workshops, a reading, and a theater premiere of his New York Times bestseller The Eyre Affair.
Fforde will read at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on Wed., April 27 at 4:30 p.m.
On Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 a stage adaptation of The Eyre Affair, written and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Brendon Fox, will have its world premiere in Hotchkiss Recital Hall in the Gibson Center for the Arts. Subsequent workshop performances will be April 29 at 7:30, and May 1 at 1 p.m. Fforde will attend the opening night performance and participate in a post-show Q&A with Fox, the actors, and the creative team.
The events, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Maxcy Family Visiting Artist Endowment.
Fforde spent 20 years in the film business before debuting on The New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2001. Fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse will love visiting Fforde’s Great Britain, circa 1985. A bibliophile’s dream but also a virtual police state, Fforde’s England is a where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, a renowned special operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.
Since The Eyre Affair, Fforde has written 12 novels, including police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for young adults about magic and dragons set in a shabby world of failing magical powers; and Shades of Grey, a post-apocalyptic dystopia set three world orders into the future, where social hierarchy is based on the colors you can see. His next book, Early Riser, will be published this year.
For more information on these and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at https://www.washcoll.edu/departments/english/events.php. Jasper Fforde’s website can be found at http://www.jasperfforde.com.