Geoff was guest director at the Telluride Film Festival (29 August – 3 September 2012).
Canongate have begun their programme of reissuing Geoff’s entire backlist (with the exception of Ways of Telling). Out of Sheer Rage is available as a Canon; Paris Trance, Yoga and But Beautiful were published in June 2012; The Missing of the Somme, The Ongoing Moment and a revised edition of The Colour of Memory were published in November.
Geoff won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition announced in New York on 8 March 2012.
Geoff has guest edited the Documents section of the Spring / Summer 2012 edition of AnOther Magazine out now, with articles written by Fiona Banner, Anne Carson, David Markson and others, and art by Melinda Gibson.
Geoff was interviewed by Bryan Appleyard for The Sunday Times in February 2012.
The New York Times‘ Dwight Garner has chosen Geoff Dyer’s Otherwise Known as the Human Condition as one of his Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011. He says: “Mr. Dyer, a shape-shifting British writer, is among the best essayists on the planet, and this book includes some of his finest work. He casts an almost perversely wide net here. There are pieces about Ian McEwan and the photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue and the jazz cornet player Don Cherry. He goes on tour with the aging rockers in Def Leppard and goes up in a decommissioned Russian MIG-29 fighter plane. He wanders though Camus’s Algeria. He reflects upon the joy of having sex in good hotels. What these essays impart is ecstasy.”
Check out this interview with Geoff conducted by American writer Jonathan Lethem for BOMB magazine.
Geoff’s new book Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room, is published in February 2012 by Canongate, UK and in March 2012 by Pantheon, US. The book takes the reader through the film Stalker by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, and, like the film itself, confronts the most mysterious and enduring questions of life and how to live.
Geoff has been chosen by the UK’s Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s top 300 intellectuals! See the full list here.
We just found this video of a hilarious reading Geoff gave at Damian Barr’s Shoreditch House literary salon in London. Enjoy!