Orhan Pamuk

It's not every day that Houston hosts a Nobel Prize winner, but the Bayou City will get a chance to see one in the flesh when Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk - who won for Literature in 2006 - reads from his new novel The Museum of Innocence. The book, like much of his work, is set in Istanbul, and it charts an upper-class man's adoration of his distant, but poor, cousin. "The obsessive pitfalls of romantic love is a different theme for Pamuk," says Rich Levy of Inprint, the event's co-sponsor. "I'm drawn to Pamuk's work because to me it transports me to a city and a part of the world I've never visited, and to historical moments I now have a deeper understanding of." The city itself is also a major character. Levy explains the book's Istanbul is a nexus of modern and ancient cultures. "There are echoes of the Ottoman Empire alongside Prada shops and the ping of cell phones." 7 p.m. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $30 (includes a pre-signed book).
Mon., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2009
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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