Virtual Event: Jami Attenberg


I Came All This Way to Meet You:
Writing Myself Home

in conversation with BENJAMIN DREYER


January 14, 2022
8:00 PM ET


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$33.75 (book included) $5 suggested - pay what you can

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes JAMI ATTENBERG—acclaimed author of All Grown Up and All This Could Be Yours—for a discussion of her memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home. She will be joined in conversation by BENJAMIN DREYER, bestselling author of Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. This event is co-presented with our bookseller partners Books & Books, Literati, and Changing Hands Bookstore.


There are two ticket options available for this event.

Admission Ticket - $33.75 :Includes one admission link, one copy of I Came All This Way to Meet You, and one bookplate signed by the author. U.S. shipping also included. Books will be shipped to ticket-holders following the event. Please note: we are unable to ship internationally.

Pay-What-You-Can Ticket: Includes one admission link. We suggest a $5 donation to support Harvard Book Store's staff and our virtual event series during these difficult times. Thank you for your support!


About I Came All This Way to Meet You

In this brilliant, fierce, and funny memoir of transformation, Jami Attenberg—described as a “master of modern fiction” (Entertainment Weekly) and the “poet laureate of difficult families” (Kirkus Reviews)—reveals the defining moments that pushed her to create a life, and voice, she could claim for herself. What does it take to devote oneself to art? What does it mean to own one’s ideas? What does the world look like for a woman moving solo through it?

As the daughter of a traveling salesman in the Midwest, Attenberg was drawn to a life on the road. Frustrated by quotidian jobs and hungry for inspiration and fresh experiences, her wanderlust led her across the country and eventually on travels around the globe. Through it all she grapples with questions of mortality, otherworldliness, and what we leave behind.

It is during these adventures that she begins to reflect on the experiences of her youth—the trauma, the challenges, the risks she has taken. Driving across America on self-funded book tours, sometimes crashing on couches when she was broke, she keeps writing: in researching articles for magazines, jotting down ideas for novels, and refining her craft, she grows as an artist and increasingly learns to trust her gut and, ultimately, herself.

Exploring themes of friendship, independence, class, and drive, I Came All This Way to Meet You is an inspiring story of finding one’s way home—emotionally, artistically, and physically—and an examination of art and individuality that will resonate with anyone determined to listen to their own creative calling.

Praise for I Came All This Way to Meet You

“Jami Attenberg is undoubtedly a writer's writer and a phenomenal talent. I Came All This Way to Meet You showcases all the very best of her gifts, bringing intimacy to the forefront of the work, asking the reader to stay close, pay attention, to learn. There is so much beauty in her craft; a tenderness present even on the sentence level. The book is an embrace. It is a love letter to work and to friendship. I Came All This Way To Meet You is a compelling literary treasure and Attenberg is a real wonder.” —Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth

I Came All This Way To Meet You is a love story; it shows us a way to love art and our lives and our souls . . . It’s Eat Pray Love for Nick Cave fans." —Emily Flake, New Yorker cartoonist and author of That Was Awkward

Benjamin Dreyer
Benjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor, joining Random House as a production editor in 1993. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout. A graduate of Northwestern University, Benjamin Dreyer lives in New York City.

Photo Credit: Gabriel Dreyer

Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All This Could Be Yours. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and the Guardian, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Traviesa

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