The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Vivian Gornick)
Monday March 2: 7:00PM – 8:00PM EST
Vivian Gornick, one of America's most beloved writers, celebrates a life of passionate reading with Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader. In nine essays that traverse literary criticism, memoir, and biography, she muses on the importance of reading?and re-reading?as life progresses. From identifying with multiple characters in D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, to assessing womanhood in Colette’s The Vagabond and The Shackle, to soaking in Natalia Ginzburg, “a writer whose work has often made me love life more,” her essays are luminous hymns to the books and writers who have shaped her life. Guided by Gornick’s trademark verve and insight, Unfinished Business is a masterful appreciation of literature’s power to illuminate our lives from a peerless writer and thinker who “still read[s] to feel the power of Life with a capital L.”
The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Andre Aciman)
Tuesday February 4: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Andre Aciman's career as a novelist and memoirist has seen him receive multiple awards, and his work translated into many languages. His first novel, Call Me By Your Name, became a bestseller around the world, with an Academy Award-winning film adaptation bringing it to life on the screen. In Find Me, Aciman picks back up with Elio, Oliver, the Perlman family, and his own mastery of emotions and sensibilities across time. Join us in the Rare Book Room as Andre Aciman discusses the changes in the lives of his greatest characters, and the process of creating one of the most enduring love stories of our time.
The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Anna Wiener)
Wednesday January 15: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley is one of the most anticipated books of the year, described by Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler as a "generation-defining account" of her time in Silicon Valley. After she leaves book publishing in New York for work at a San Francisco big-data startup, Wiener arrived in the midst of a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Join us in the Rare Book Room for a conversation about this unsparing and incisive look into the dream-world of Northern California from an up-and-coming writer.
The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Mary Gaitskill)
Wednesday November 13: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Join us in the Rare Book Room for the inaugural meeting of the New Republic's Salon at the Strand! Each month, the New Republic will sit down with a lauded author to discuss their latest work in depth, and their works in progress.
Mary Gaitskill, acclaimed for her fiction in collections like Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, along with her novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Veronica, and The Mare, will be joined by literary editor Laura Marsh for a conversation about This Is Pleasure, her latest searing novel. Don't miss this first Salon from the New Republic with one of today's most beloved authors!
The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Carmen Maria Machado)
Friday December 6: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Carmen Maria Machado, finalist for the National Book Award, shares In the Dream House, her searing and innovative memoir of an abusive relationship. Already widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year, it's a "breathtakingly inventive" (The New Yorker) tale told by a modern master.
Don't miss this discussion of a must-read new book from a brilliant writer!