Archive : Literary Programme 2014

Alberto Manguel: Power to the Reader

Alberto Manguel: Power to the Reader
(Presented by Ann Luttrall)

Alberto Manguel

Maritime Hotel

Tue 8 July



‘Reading, almost as much as breathing, is our essential function.’

The acclaimed Alberto Manguel will talk about the reader, the history of reading and libraries, ‘those numinous memory palaces’, which, he writes, should be our essential symbol, not banks. This is a rare opportunity to hear him speak in Ireland.

‘At one magical instant in your early childhood,  the page of a book–that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.’ from A History of Reading

Alberto Manguel is internationally  acclaimed as a writer, translator and editor whose bestselling books, include A History of Reading, A Reader on Reading, A Dictionary of Imaginary  Places and News From a Foreign Country Came. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Officier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres. The Argentine-born Canadian writer now lives in France.