THE MANY FICTIONS OF WILLIAM BOYD
William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest book of short stories, THE DREAMS OF BETHANY MELLMOTH – that appears this November.
Boyd has written fifteen novels — published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays. That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career. Stories that not only include the inspiration for some of his most famous novels – Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress, to name but three — but also other matters arising from the business of writing for a living, and living for writing. Such as — an eleven-year lawsuit against his French publisher (for theft), the particular problems of trying to write a James Bond novel, and – perhaps the most perplexing of the many fictions Boyd has created – the history of his collaboration with David Bowie in the evolution of the entirely made-up American artist Nat Tate (1928-1960) and the art-world hoax that followed.
It should be a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.