Faking It: Writing Fiction as Sleight of Hand
or How to Find What You Don’t Know You’re Looking For
A Talk by Reif Larsen at the University of Aberdeen
How do we perform research for a story that doesn’t exist? How do we find what we don’t know we’re looking for? In this talk, Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet) narrates the research and travels for his latest novel, I Am Radar, an expansive story that straddles many locations around the globe, including Cambodia, Arctic Norway, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which the author visited. The challenge then became fitting all of these observations under one roof, into a book that must be both inclusive yet also singular, where the research and setting must always be in service to the story and not the other way around.
Reif Larsen is International Writer’s Resident at the University of St. Andrews. His talk, “Faking It: Writing Fiction as a Sleight of Hand, or, How to Find What You Don’t Know You’re Looking For,” will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016, 4PM, Meeting Room 1 (Craig Suite), Sir Duncan Rice Library (7th Floor), University of Aberdeen. Part of the Film and Visual Culture Research Seminar Series. Free to attend – all welcome!
You may also be interested in Crossing the Arts: Beckett and Beyond, a series of three workshops on Beckett, the creative and scholarly arts, University of Aberdeen, 22-26 February. Reid Larsen will participate in Workshop 3: BOUNDARY CROSSINGS: CREATIVE PRACTICES, CRITICAL PARADIGMS AND THE WORLDS BETWEEN, on Friday, 26 February at 4PM.