All-star writers Marlon James (Black Leopard, Red Wolf and the Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings), Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams, The Recovering and Make it Scream, Make it Burn) and Colm Tóibín (House of Names and Brooklyn) join New York Review Books founder and editorial director Edwin Frank to perform selections from their favorite NYRB Classics in celebration of the press’ two decades of visionary publishing. NYRB, “using impeccable taste and judgment, has moved books from the shadows into the light,” as Tóibín says—bringing out-of-print classics into the spotlight of our national literary conversation.
“This winter I’ve been communing at the holy books of Renata Adler’s Speedboat and Elizabeth Hardwick’s Sleepless Nights with something less like literary fervor and more like the dry-throated thirst of a woman lost in the desert,” says Jamison, echoing NYRB’s scores of ardent followers upon experiencing the elated shock of discovery in this literary treasure trove. Don’t miss her reading from these books, along with James’ reading from Camara Lye’s The Radiance of the King and Felix Feneon’s Novels in Three Lines, and Tóibín’s reading from Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook in this extraordinary, one-night-only gathering of some of the finest voices in literature.
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