Kalk Bay Books & Penguin SA invites you to a discussion Lyndall Gordon in conversation with Finuala Dowling on Gordon’s highly-acclaimed biography of Emily Dickinson “Lives Like Loaded Guns.”
South African-born Lyndall Gordon will be in Cape Town on a personal visit and has graciously agreed to join us at Kalk Bay Books to discuss her book with fellow poet, author and fan, Finuala Dowling.
Though in her lifetime only 10 of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published, her death revealed 1,789 poems, many of them in hand-sewn booklets, secreted in a locked chest. She is now regarded as one of the greatest poets of all time, but she has come down to us as a woman disappointed in love, an odd and pathetic woman
who dressed in white and shut herself away.
Lyndall Gordon sees instead her volcanic character – ‘a soul at White Heat’ – a mystic and lover whose family harboured a hothouse drama of sex, scandal and devastating betrayal.
Emily Dickinson was a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual quickening and immortality all on her own terms: she wrote ‘My Life had Stood – a Loaded Gun’. Here is an explosive genius.
When: Friday 27 August
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Time: 6 for 6.30pm
RSVP: by 25 August to
Lyndall Gordon at Kalk Bay Books
021 788 2266