Ida Jessen in Conversation with Anne Michaels

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Join us for a rare appearance by acclaimed Danish author, Ida Jessen, in conversation with Toronto’s Fifth Poet Laureate Anne Michaels.

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Join us for a rare appearance by acclaimed Danish author, Ida Jessen, in conversation with Toronto’s Fifth Poet Laureate, Anne Michaels, at this special pre-Festival event. Widely considered to be the master of psychological realism in contemporary Danish fiction, Jessen will present her latest book: A Change of Time

She sets her latest work in rural Denmark in the early 20th Century, and tells the intimate story of a schoolteacher after her husband passes away. Through unpacking A Change of Time, the conversation will explore the silent desires and grief that can transpire from rebuilding one’s identity, as well as a deep look at human innocence and fallibility.

This event is co-presented with Archipelago Books.

Light refreshments will be provided.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Change of Time pieces together the life of a schoolteacher after her husband, the town doctor, passes away. Set in rural Denmark in the early 20th century, the narrator’s journal entries form an intimate portrait of a woman rebuilding her identity. Her thoughts unravel in sudden bursts, followed by quiet meditation or the rhythmic passing of days. She writes, “Memory is like a sieve. Everything runs through it,” and indeed Ida Jessen’s prose conveys the constant feeling of falling through a sieve, shaking each thought for its secret meaning. With a clear, unerring voice, the narrator gives the reader room to think and breathe. Ida Jessen’s every phrase swells with warmth and tenderness, turning over our deepest desires.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ida Jessen is widely considered to be the master of psychological realism in contemporary Danish fiction. Having made her debut with the short-story collection Under Sten (Under Stone) in 1989, Jessen’s breakthrough came with the trilogy: Den der lyver (The One Who’s Lying; 2011), Det første jeg tænker (The First Thing I Think Of; 2006), and Børnene (The Children; 2009). The latter earned her the Booksellers Prize, the Golden Laurel and a nomination for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Her short story collection, Postkort til Annie (Postcard to Annie; 2013) earned her another nomination for the Nordic Council Prize. Jessen was recently awarded the 2017 Critics’ Choice Award (April 2018) for The Anagrams of Doctor Bagge. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Award from the Danish Arts Foundation. Ida Jessen is the Danish translator of works by Alice Munro and Marilynne Robinson, amongst others.

PRAISE:

"A Change of Time is a book of masterful restraint, and this restraint is a kind of tenderness. It is a book that understands that desire permeates everything - nothing human can be cleansed of it; and that sometimes love clings most inextricably to the smallest places - misjudgement, invisibility, loneliness. It is a book that deepens and dignifies both our innocence and our fallibility." — Anne Michaels

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