The Man Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson is appearing in April at Manchester’s John Rylands Library. He is reading from his latest novel Shylock Is My Name, and in conversation with the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing co-director, John McAuliffe. The event takes place in the majestic old reading room. Jacobson’s latest book is inspired by the controversial Jewish character, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice, and is set in a wealthy town in 21st century Cheshire. The novel looks at what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful person in the modern world. This event is part of a series of happenings around the UK called Shakespeare 400 which commemorate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Before the reading, there will be the opportunity to view Shakespeare’s First Folio and the 1609 edition of the Sonnets, which are on display in the Rylands Gallery. The event is free however booking is essential.
Mon 11 Apr, Old Reading Room, The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH, Tel: 0161 275 8951, 6.30pm, FREE (booking required), www.manchester.ac.uk
Published on: Thu 7 Apr 2016