Monday, August 20, 2012
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of proposing a public toast in Auckland’s Central City Library to Charles Dickens, on the occasion of his 200th birthday.
This year does not mark as clear an anniversary in relation to Honore de Balzac, but it is 170 years since he wrote his famous preface to La Comedie Humaine, in which he explained the master-plan for his great work.
For this reason, at 6pm on Wednesday 29 August in Auckland’s Central City Library, I will be proposing a public toast to Honore de Balzac in an illustrated talk. I will be assisted by my good friend Iain Sharp.
You are most welcome.