SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 8:00 – 9:00 am
The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving’s fourth novel and his first international bestseller; it also became a George Roy Hill film. Tony Richardson wrote and directed the adaptation for the screen of The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Irving’s novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. Worldwide, the Irving novel most often called “an American classic” is A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), the portrayal of an enduring friendship at that time when the Vietnam War had its most divisive effect on the United States. In 1992, John Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, until he was thirty-four, and coached the sport until he was forty-seven.) In 2000, Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules, a Lasse Hallström film that earned seven Academy Award nominations. Tod Williams wrote and directed The Door in the Floor, the 2004 film adapted from Irving’s ninth novel, A Widow for One Year. In One Person is John Irving’s thirteenth novel.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 10:30 – 11:30 am
David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything is Miscellaneous, and a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Smithsonian, The Guardian, USA Today, TV Guide, Information Week, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, and he has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He has been a strategic marketing advisor to high tech companies, an Internet advisor to presidential campaigns, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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