Michael Pedersen and Hollie McNish at Harvard Book Store
September 28, 2022
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes prize-winning Scottish poets MICHAEL PEDERSEN and HOLLIE MCNISH for a discussion of Pedersen's new memoir Boy Friends.
A Return to In-Person Events
Harvard Book Store is excited to be back to in-person programming. To ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in attendance, the following Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place at all of our Harvard Book Store events until further notice:
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About Boy Friends
Ever feel like you were fated to be friends with someone? An alchemy in your meeting, instant fondness – part chemical, part kismet. This is how I’ve felt about every friend I’ve fallen in love with – none so much as you.
In 2018, Michael Pedersen lost a most cherished friend soon after their collective voyage into the landscape and luminosity of the Scottish Highlands. Sitting at a desk at The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland, Michael begins to write to his departed friend – Scott Hutchison. What starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to many friendships – perhaps all friendship.
In Boy Friends, Pedersen confronts the bewildering process of grief. As memories rise to the surface – both heart-wrenching and hilarious – he recalls his younger self: the overly sensitive boy growing up in working-class Edinburgh; his befuddling stint in an ancient collegiate university; a short-lived, combustible career as a lawyer; and, foremost, the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life.
Written to glitter, with intoxicating energy, Boy Friends is a powerful depiction of friendship and loss, a homage to the beauty of moments shared.
Praise for Boy Friends
"With a dazzling and inventive use of language...this sweetly unconventional work...whilst dripping in raw grief is uncommonly romantic, irreverent and at times laugh out loud funny. A delight really. And that’s that." —Shirley Manson
"Those hungry for the bone-deep truth about grief will devour Michael Pedersen's account of a friend lost . . . a dazzling act of generosity and an entirely original blast of non-fiction." —Terri White
"Michael writes with true sensitivity and power . . . he is a master of words; he plays them like music." —Kae Tempest
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