April 7 Presidential Lecture Features Internationally Renowned Authors

Friday, February 18, 2011

Henning Mankell in conversation with Michael Ondaatje

The University of Tulsa's 2010-11 Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, will conclude on April 7 with author Henning Mankell in conversation with fellow author Michael Ondaatje. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Allen Chapman Activity Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Author Henning MankellInternationally bestselling Swedish novelist and playwright Henning Mankell has achieved international acclaim for his Kurt Wallander detective series. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Mankell has received the German Tolerance Prize and the U.K.’s Golden Dagger Award and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. His Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as the director of the Teatro Avenida theatre since 1985. He is currently working on a new novel which will be released in Sweden in 2011, as well as writing a television series about his late father-in-law, Ingmar Bergman. The Troubled Man, his last novel about Kurt Wallander, will be released in the US, UK, and Canada on March 29.

Author Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form including his transcendent novel The English Patient—later made into the Academy Award-winning film. He is the author of four collections of poetry and his works of fiction include In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Anil's Ghost, and Divisadero. His forthcoming novel, The Cat’s Table, will be published by Knopf this fall.

David Hamby