Department of English

University of Toronto

Celtic Studies Speakers Series: Families, Histories, Novels

Event date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM

Celtic Studies Speakers Series: Families, Histories, Novels
February 28 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. in CharbonnelLounge, award-winning novelist Peter Behrens will talk about the importance ofhistory and family mythology in his fiction.

Behrens’ first novel The Law of Dreams won theGovernor-General’s Literary Award and is published in nine languages. The NewYork Times Book Review called his second novel, The O’Briens, “a majorachievement” and Megan O’Grady, writing in Vogue, calls Carry Me, his latestnovel, “another meditation on history and destiny . . . that make[s] the pastfeel stunningly close at hand.” Carry Me recently won The Vine Award forCanadian Jewish Literature; the awarding jury says, “Behrens is a master, athome in the broad sweep of history and the intimate detail of a character’sexperience. This is a novel that could be, should be, read in a hundred years.”

A native of Montreal and currentlythe Mordecai Richler Visiting Writer at Concordia U., Peter Behrens held aWallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and was a Fellow of HarvardUniversity’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This event issupported by a grant from The Irish Cultural Society of Toronto.


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