July 10, 2020

Brad Fox

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes author, journalist, and translator BRAD FOX for a discussion of his debut novel, To Remain Nameless. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed local writer CLAIRE MESSUD, author of the celebrated novels The Emperor's Children and The Burning Girl.


Tess keeps vigil at the bedside of her friend Laura through a long night of labor as Laura’s first child arrives. The two have known each other for what seems like forever. Their humanitarian aid work has taken them from the Balkans, to Egypt, to Istanbul amid the ongoing refugee crisis—an era that includes the US’s war in Iraq, the Arab Spring, and many forms of global consequence and aftermath. Brad Fox’s first novel is a luminous inquiry into the incarnations and limits of hope. This writer helps us endure our questions about what forms care may take, what we may offer to anyone, near and far.

About Author(s)

Brad Fox’s stories, articles, and translations have appeared in The New YorkerGuernica, and The Whitney Biennial. From 1996 to 2011 he worked as a journalist, researcher, and relief contractor in the Balkans, Mexico, the Middle East, and Turkey. He teaches at City College in Harlem.

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of seven previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, Messud lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.