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2021-2022 VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES

As with last season, the BLS 2021-2022 fall season will be presented virtually using an internet-based platform called Crowdcast. It is intuitive, easy-to-use and allows for interactions in real-time between the author and the viewers.

Members will be automatically registered for all virtual events. There are no event or book fees for these virtual events.

We hope to resume in-person luncheons in the spring.


UPCOMING EVENTS

    • October 27, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast

    EVENT-DETAILS     


    COLM TOIBIN

    The Magician

    1pm on October 27


    ABOUT COLM 

    Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Magician, his most recent novel; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.  


    ABOUT THE BOOK 

    From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War.

    Colm Tóibín’s magnificent new novel opens in a provincial German city at the turn of the twentieth century, where the boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with a conservative father, bound by propriety, and a Brazilian mother, alluring and unpredictable. Young Mann hides his artistic aspirations from his father and his homosexual desires from everyone. He is infatuated with one of the richest, most cultured Jewish families in Munich, and marries the daughter Katia. They have six children. On a holiday in Italy, he longs for a boy he sees on a beach and writes the story Death in Venice. He is the most successful novelist of his time, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a public man whose private life remains secret. He is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler, whom he underestimates. His oldest daughter and son, leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement, share lovers. He flees Germany for Switzerland, France and, ultimately, America, living first in Princeton and then in Los Angeles.

    In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable. As People magazine said about The Master, “It’s a delicate, mysterious process, this act of creation, fraught with psychological tension, and Tóibín captures it beautifully.”



    This Virtual Event is FREE with a Paid

    2021-2022 Membership

    and is

    Exclusive to Our Members

    Members Will be Automatically Registered

    and Will Receive FREE Books Mailed to Their Home*


    REGISTRATION

    Forty-eight hours prior to this event, all BLS members will be automatically registered. Members will receive a free book by mail* as soon as they are made available by the publisher. Watch your inbox for details!

    • We cannot guarantee that late-joining members will be able to receive books from past 2021-22 events.
    • Recordings of these virtual events are available to all  members shortly after each event has closed. 


    *Log in to be sure we have your current mailing address on file.


    Updated 8/24/2021


    • November 10, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast

    EVENT-DETAILS     


    GARY SHTEYNGART

    Our Country Friends

    1pm on Novemer 10


    ABOUT GARY 

    Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His novel Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and became one of the most iconic novels of the decade. His memoir, Little Failure, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel is Lake Success (for which he visited with us at Temple Israel during September 2018). His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation—a novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal, a book that reads like a great Russian novel, or Chekhov on the Hudson, by a novelist The New York Times calls “one of his generation’s most original writers.”

    It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters includes a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a Southern flamethrower of an essayist; and a movie star, the Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family.  Both elegiac and very, very funny, Our Country Friends is the most ambitious book yet by the author of the beloved bestseller Super Sad True Love Story.



    This Virtual Event is FREE with a Paid

    2021-2022 Membership

    and is

    Exclusive to Our Members

    Members Will be Automatically Registered

    and Will Receive FREE Books Mailed to Their Home*


    REGISTRATION

    Forty-eight hours prior to this event, all BLS members will be automatically registered. Members will receive a free book by mail* as soon as they are made available by the publisher. Watch your inbox for details!

    • We cannot guarantee that late-joining members will be able to receive books from past 2021-22 events.
    • Recordings of these virtual events are available to all  members shortly after each event has closed. 


    *Log in to be sure we have your current mailing address on file.


    Updated 8/24/2021


    • December 10, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast

         


    NEEL PATEL

    Tell Me How to Be

    1pm on December 10


    ABOUT NEEL

    Neel Patel is a first-generation Indian American who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. His debut story collection, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was long-listed for the Story Prize and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Tell Me How to Be is his debut novel.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Tell Me How to Be is daring, hilarious, poignant, and impossible to put down. Neel Patel is a fabulous storyteller!” —Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

    From rising star Neel Patel (“refreshing…defiant…consistently surprising” --New York Times), a darkly funny and heartbreaking debut novel about an Indian-American family confronting the secrets between them


    Renu Amin always seemed perfect: doting husband, beautiful house, healthy sons. But as the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death approaches, Renu is binge-watching soap operas and simmering with old resentments. She can’t stop wondering if, thirty-five years ago, she chose the wrong life. In Los Angeles, her son, Akash, has everything he ever wanted, but as he tries to kickstart his songwriting career and commit to his boyfriend, he is haunted by the painful memories he fled a decade ago. When his mother tells him she is selling the family home, Akash returns to Illinois, hoping to finally say goodbye and move on.

    Together, Renu and Akash pack up the house, retreating further into the secrets that stand between them. Renu sends an innocent Facebook message to the man she almost married, sparking an emotional affair that calls into question everything she thought she knew about herself. Akash slips back into bad habits as he confronts his darkest secrets—including what really happened between him and the first boy who broke his heart. When their pasts catch up to them, Renu and Akash must decide between the lives they left behind and the ones they’ve since created, between making each other happy and setting themselves free.

    By turns irreverent and tender, filled with the beats of ’90s R&B, Tell Me How to Be is about our earliest betrayals and the cost of reconciliation. But most of all, it is the love story of a mother and son each trying to figure out how to be in the world.



    This Virtual Event is FREE with a Paid

    2021-2022 Membership

    and is

    Exclusive to Our Members

    Members Will be Automatically Registered

    and Will Receive FREE Books Mailed to Their Home*


    REGISTRATION

    Forty-eight hours prior to this event, all BLS members will be automatically registered. Members will receive a free book by mail* as soon as they are made available by the publisher. Watch your inbox for details!

    • We cannot guarantee that late-joining members will be able to receive books from past 2021-22 events.
    • Recordings of these virtual events are available to all  members shortly after each event has closed. 


    *Log in to be sure we have your current mailing address on file.


    Updated 8/24/2021


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