meet the author: max porter

Sun 26.03.2023
16:30 - 17:30
Max Porter copy Lucy Dickens


meet the author, book presentation, music


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in het engels

Sometimes a writer emerges who changes the face of literature with their first book already. Max Porter is such a writer, and the ‘everseller’ Grief is the Thing with Feathers is such a book. We live in the age of Max Porter and he is going to present his new book to us, Shy. He will be supported in his performance by none other than Nicolas Rombouts, founder of Dez Mona.

It is hard today to imagine a time without Max Porter. With his debut – the poetic and rather experimental novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers – he reached an audience of millions worldwide. That his second novel, Lanny, stretched the boundaries of literature even further did not seem to bother readers, quite the contrary. After a foray into art – an inimitable ode to the genius Francis Bacon – Porter is now back with an intimate, heart-breaking novel about a teenager called Shy.

Last chance

Shy is the story of a few remarkable hours in the life of a troubled teenager. He walks into the night listening to the voices in his head: those of his teachers, his parents, the people he has hurt, the people who are trying to love him. He escapes from Last Chance, a home for ‘maladjusted young men’, and from his nightly fears, his past and the fraught question of whether he has a future.

The troubled boy at the heart of this novel is full of rage and sadness, but Max Porter finds tenderness and hope in him. Just beautiful.
Mariana Enriquez

Shy is a novel about loneliness and losing yourself, and about realizing that you are not alone.

Max Porter has a way of writing unlike anyone else. I loved Shy. I finished it elated and tearful, joyful and terrified, changed by the journey. It moved me and surprised me and that is what I look for in my favourite artists.
PJ Harvey

about the author

Max Porter (b. 1981) made his debut with the international bestseller Grief is the Thing with Feathers. This book won the European Literature Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize, among others. His second novel, Lanny, was nominated for the Booker Prize. In 2021 he released The Death of Francis Bacon. March 2023 will see the publication of his latest novel, Shy. Max Porter lives in Bath with his family.

Nicolas Rombouts (b. 1977) is a composer and producer but also and primarily a double bass player. The double bass has been his passion ever since he started playing it as a self-taught musician in his teens. In 2003 he founded the band Dez Mona with Gregory Frateur. Over the course of thirteen years, the band released ten albums and played hundreds of concerts at home and abroad. Nicolas Rombouts has also played with BRZZVLL, Stanton, Guido Belcanto, Jim White, Stef Kamil Carlens and Tom Lanoye.

about the interviewer

Ruth Joos (b. 1976) is a radio and television producer. Her radio program Joos was taken to heart by many. She now presents De Ochtend every other week and was the face of the VPRO book program Brommer op zee together with Wilfried de Jong.

Max Porter is one of my favourite writers in the world. Why? Because he’s always asking the most important questions and then finding answers -through innovative structures and that inimitable voice - of answering those questions soulfully, with his full attention, in ways that make the world seem stranger and more dear (or more dear because stranger). He gives his readers bursts of a new vision.
George Saunders

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