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The Huntington Presents ‘An Overflow of Meaning: Reading and Re-reading Hilary Mantel’

Published on Oct 12, 2021

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is hosting a virtual conference Thursday and Friday on the works of British author Hilary Mantel, whose literary archive is held at The Huntington.

The conference, “An Overflow of Meaning: Reading and Re-Reading Hilary Mantel,” constitutes the first international conference on Mantel’s work and seeks to act as a “state of the field” event, bringing a diverse range of Mantel scholars together to consider the complex presences and resonances of Mantel’s work in the 21st century.

Attendance is free but reservations are required.

Mantel is one of the most critically acclaimed authors working today. Her unprecedented double Booker Prize wins for “Wolf Hall” and “Bring up the Bodies,” combined with sell-out West End and Broadway stage adaptations and award-winning television dramatizations, brought her unquestionable public prominence.

Mantel’s Tudor novels constitute only one element of a writing career which has spanned nearly 34 years, troubled myriad genres, and explored multiple forms.

Through the course of the two-day conference, panels of experts and Mantel scholars will discuss the author’s works and the inspiration behind her works, as well as the controversies some of her writing and her statements have created.

The discussion begins past 8 a.m. Thursday and is expected to continue up to around noon, and closes past noon on Friday.

To RSVP, visit A link to the Zoom event will be sent to your email after registration.

For more information, call (626) 405-2100.

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