Jenny Offill is an internationally acclaimed fiction writer. Through her fragmentary style, Offill confronts her readers with sharp observations, whether on motherhood, care-giving or on how to deal with contemporary catastrophes such as climate crisis and polarization. Full of vibrant imaginations, she paves pathways with her books to maintain hope. This evening programme editor and writer Ianthe Mosselman will interview Offill about her work, writing and her characters.
About Jenny Offill:
Jenny Offill (1968) is an American novelist and editor. Her debut novel Last Things was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the L. A Times First Book Award. Her second book Dept. of Speculation was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. In 2020 her novel Weather was published and shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize to fiction. She is also the author of four children’s books and co-edited the anthologies The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything with Elissa Schappell. She teaches at Brooklyn College, Syracuse University and in the low residency programme at Queens University. In July she is Writer in Residence in Amsterdam for the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
Marjolijn van Heemstra is a theatre producer, writer and poet. In 2010, she made her poetry debut Als Mozes had doorgevraagd (2010) which was nominated for the C. Buddingh Prize and awarded for the Jo Peters Poetry Award. Since 2019, she is space correspondent for De Correspondent. Her work In lichtjaren heeft niemand haast (2021) was awarded as the best non-fiction book of the year. Since January 2022, she is the city poet of Amsterdam. Her work written as a city poet is published in Het Parool.