Our Spring Literary Series gets underway with international bestseller Tom Rachman. The author of The Imperfectionists and The Rise and Fall of Great Powers joins us to discuss and sign his new novel The Italian Teacher, with host Joanne Kelly.
“The Italian Teacher is a marvel–an entertaining, heartbreaking novel about art, family, loyalty, and authenticity. Tom Rachman is an enormously talented writer–this book is alive, from the first page to the last.” – Tom Perotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers
Conceived while his father, Bear, cavorted around Rome in the 1950s, Pinch learns quickly that Bear’s genius trumps all. After Bear abandons his family, Pinch strives to make himself worthy of his father’s attention–first trying to be a painter himself; then resolving to write his father’s biography; eventually settling, disillusioned, into a job as an Italian teacher in London. But when Bear dies, Pinch hatches a scheme to secure his father’s legacy–and make his own mark on the world.
With his signature humanity and humor, Tom Rachman examines a life lived in the shadow of greatness.
Tom Rachman was born in London in 1974 and raised in Vancouver. He attended the University of Toronto and Columbia Journalism School, then worked as a journalist for the Associated Press in New York and Rome and for theInternational Herald Tribune in Paris. His first novel, The Imperfectionists, was an international bestseller, translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in London.
Host Joanne Kelly is a broadcast journalism instructor. She runs a book club at McNally Robinson and talks books every second Sunday on CBC Radio.
An Evening with Tom Rachman
Wednesday Mar 21 2018 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium