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John Irving photo by Nina Cochran // provided by Just Buffalo Literary Center
John Irving photo by Nina Cochran // provided by Just Buffalo Literary Center

Acclaimed author John Irving at BABEL


Tue, Feb 20th 2024 01:10 pm

Internationally bestselling author of ‘The Cider House Rules,’ ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ and ‘The World According to Garp’ on stage at Kleinhans

Press Release

Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomes acclaimed author John Irving to Buffalo on Thursday, March 21, for a captivating conversation at Kleinhans Music Hall. The event begins at 8 p.m., with doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at justbuffalo.org.

"It has been extraordinary to see the community’s response to John Irving’s upcoming appearance,” said Barbara Cole, executive and artistic director. “So many people have told us that he’s one of their all-time favorite writers. Their eyes fill up talking about how much his books mean to them. But, even if someone’s never read a John Irving book, this is an event they won’t want to miss. Everyone can come feel inspired by this living legend who has touched so many hearts and minds.”

Irving has written 15 novels over the course of his prolific career, the majority of which have been international bestsellers. He has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time – among them are “The World According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules,” “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and “A Widow for One Year.”

Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, Irving’s books explore themes of sexual difference and sexual intolerance, inequalities and discrimination. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times, winning in 1980 for “The World According to Garp.” In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Cider House Rules.” In 2013, Irving won a Lambda Literary Award for “In One Person.” Internationally renowned, his books have been translated into more than 35 languages. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” is his best-selling novel, in every language. His most recent novel is “The Last Chairlift.”

Tickets, which also include a virtual link for the option to watch from home, are available to the general public for $40; $35 with library card; $10 with student ID. Patron VIP tickets, which include an author reception before the event, are $100.

For tickets or more information, visit justbuffalo.org or call 716-832-5400.

Kleinhans Music Hall is located at 3 Symphony Circle.

More About Just Buffalo Literary Center

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s mission is to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts. For over 45 years, the organization has brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted poetry events and readings, and supported the development of young writers.

For more information, visit justbuffalo.org.

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