About this Event
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her first short story collection since her number one New York Times bestseller , and a major literary event, – a splendid and searching collection that places the City of Rome as the protagonist.
In “The Boundary,” one family vacations in the Roman countryside, though we see their lives through the eyes of the caretaker’s daughter, who nurses a wound from her family’s immigrant past. In “P’s Parties,” a Roman couple, now empty nesters, finds comfort and community with foreigners at their friend’s yearly birthday gathering—until the husband crosses a line. And in “The Steps,” on a public staircase that connects two neighborhoods and the residents who climb up and down it, we see Italy’s capital in all of its social and cultural variations, filled with the tensions of a changing city: visibility and invisibility, random acts of aggression, the challenge of straddling worlds and cultures, and the meaning of home.
Jhumpa Lahiri talks about , an ode to her adopted home and a collection steeped in the moods of Italian master Alberto Moravia and guided by the spirit of Dante Alighieri, whose words in the final story lead the protagonist toward a new way of life.
Question and answer session to follow. Signed books available for purchase. No unauthorized photography or recording of event permitted.
Ticket registration for this event is required: Free tickets for this event will be available to book via Eventbrite beginning on November 27 at 9:00am ET.
About this event’s guests:
This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.
Note: This is an in-person event at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, the premiere event space for Toronto Public Library's cultural and heritage programming located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street).
Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm for a pre-show event that will transport you to Italy! Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer and wine, as well as sandwiches and snacks.
Reminder! We oversell these events to make sure that most people have an opportunity to attend. Tickets are only guaranteed until 15 minutes before the show starts, at which point we will start opening up available spots to the rush line.
Accessibility at Toronto Public Library:
Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks’ notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email [email protected]
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada