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Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje


Novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje will talk about his writing with Geoff Dyer in a Harry Ransom Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jessen Auditorium on the University of Texas Campus.

Ondaatje’s Booker Prize–winning novel “The English Patient” was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film. His other works include his memoir “Running in the Family,” four collections of poetry, “The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film,” and the novels “In the Skin of a Lion,” “Anil’s Ghost,” “Divisadero” and “The Cat’s Table.”

Audience members will be able to ask questions, and a reception and book signing follow at the Ransom Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Priority entry is available to Ransom Center members (one seat per membership card who arrive by 6:20 p.m. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for Ransom Center members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Ransom Center also announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded it an $18,900 grant to enhance access to its non-commercial sound recordings.

The grant will allow for the completion of a preservation survey of more than 13,000 archival sound recordings.

“To make the most prudent and productive use of resources available, the Ransom Center must understand the condition of its sound recordings, as well as their intellectual and research value, in order to make preservation decisions based on clear principles that will expand current and inform future reformatting, stabilizing, and cataloging efforts,” said Ransom Center Director Steve Enniss.

The recordings vary but include literary spoken word, conference proceedings, dictated notes and letters, field recordings, structured interviews, lectures and readings, musical performances, radio broadcasts, rehearsals, telephone conversations, dictated drafts of writings, and even therapy sessions and psychic readings.

Recordings in the collection involve such noted artists and writers as Stella Adler, Neal Cassady, Andre Dubus, David Douglas Duncan, Norman Bel Geddes, Spalding Gray, Denis Johnson, Ernest Lehman, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Gerard Malanga, David Mamet, Nicholas Ray, Ross Russell, David and Jeffrey Selznick, Anne Sexton, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Warren Skaaren, Ted Spagna, Gloria Swanson and Leon Uris.
Of the more than 13,000 audio recordings cataloged in the Ransom Center’s Sound Recordings Collection database, 2,700 have been digitized and are available for streaming onsite in the Center’s Reading and Viewing Room.

The Michener Center for Writers, meanwhile, will be hosting a reading by Michael McGriff and Fiona McFarlane at 7:30 April 2 in thethe Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, on the UT campus at the southeast corner of Speedway and 24th streets.

McGriff is the author of two collections of poems, “Dismantling the Hills” and “Home Burial,” and a linked story collection, “Our Secret Life in the Movies,” which he wrote with J.M. Tyree.

McFarlane’s debut novel, “The Night Guest,” won Australia’s Voss Literary Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award.

Parking is available in the nearby UT San Jacinto Garage, and the event is free and open to the public.


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