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28 May 2019

Reading 2019 Gala Dinner honoree Martin Amis

The Library’s 2019 Gala Dinner honoree and keynote speaker is renowned novelist, essayist, and cultural commentator Martin Amis. As the author of fourteen novels, several collections of short stories, two screenplays, and eight collections of nonfiction, Amis has established himself as one of the great writers of our time. Here is a selection of his works of fiction, non-fiction, and selected interviews.


Amis found success early in his career. His first novel, The Rachel Papers, written in 1973, won the Somerset Maugham Award for best first novel. Amis is best known for his London trilogy, published in the 1980s and 1990s: Money: A Suicide Note, London Fields, and The Information. In 2005, Time Magazine named Money: A Suicide Note one of the best 100 English-language novels since 1923, the year of the magazine’s founding. He has also been listed twice for the Booker Prize for his novels Time’s Arrow (1991) and Yellow Dog (2003).


As a nonfiction writer, Amis has explored a range of topics including politics, pop culture, sports, and literature. He received the James Tait Black Memorial prize for his 2000 memoir Experience. His most recent collection The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017 investigates many subjects of American culture.


“The Age of Acceleration: An Interview with Martin Amis” in Los Angeles Review of Books (21 June 2018)

“Martin Amis, Style Supremacist by Thomas Mallon,” The New Yorker (29 January 2018)

“Martin Amis, The Art of Fiction No.151” by Francesca Riviere, The Paris Review (Spring 1998)

“Martin Amis Contemplates Evil” by Ron Rosenbaum, Smithsonian Magazine (September 2012)

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