21.09.2011 - David Vann

David Vann (1966) was born and raised in Alaska, which is also where his much-lauded books Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island take place. Earth and Goat Mountain also became worldwide bestsellers. His books have been translated into 21 languages and Vann has performed at as many as 65 international literary festivals. We’ve seen Vann perform at previous Crossing Borders and at BorderKitchen and are glad to have him back at this year’s festival. This time, to talk about his newest novel Aquarium.

Aquarium tells the tale of twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother—a docker at the local container port—in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence.

David Vann will be ïnterviewed by Hans Bouman.