in conversation with CHRISTOPHER LYDEN
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
November 7, 2011
8:00 PM ET
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
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Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome award-winning novelist, essayist, and memoirist JOAN DIDION for a conversation about her most recent memoir, Blue Nights.
Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to her daughter Quintana’s wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana’s childhood—in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. “How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?” Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept.
"Joan Didion, here slightly syncopating in the Bob Dylan manner, has striven with intense dignity and courage in Blue Nights to deepen and extend the effect of The Year of Magical Thinking. . . . In this supremely tender work of memory, Didion is paradoxically insistent that as long as one person is condemned to remember, there can still be pain and loss and anguish." —Christopher Hitchens for Vanity Fair
Please note: Joan Didion will be signing Blue Nights and up to one backlist title per person.
Online ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets are still available at Harvard Book Store and by phone at 617.661.1515. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at First Parish Church when the doors open, at approximately 6:30pm on Monday, November 7.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.
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