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News and olds from the author of At the Existentialist Cafe, How to Live, and other books about writers, adventurers and philosophers

Munich soiree

February 23, 2017

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cafederexistelntialistenAlso, if you’re in Munich, do come along to: Das Cafe der Existenzialisten – a soiree mit Sarah Bakewell, at the Literaturhaus, Sunday 12 March at 5.00pm.  The conversation will be in English, with readings from the book in German.

Another such evening is coming up in Hamburg on Saturday 22 April – more details to follow soon.

Londoners’ specials

February 23, 2017

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Two events coming up in London:

“Existentialism is easy”, at the London School of Economics, Friday 24 February at 6.30pm. I’ll be speaking with Andy Martin, Stella Stanford, and Shahidha Bari about being, nothing, and whatever else comes up.   Entrance is free but should be booked in advance (apologies for the late notice).

“How to Live”, at the South Bank Centre, Saturday 4 March at 1.00pm.  It forms part of the “Belief and Non-Belief” festival, and entrance is by a Saturday or weekend pass.  I’ll be talking with a comedian and a lama: Sofie Hagen and Lelung Rinpoche.

 

New York Times and other good news

December 6, 2016

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A quick round-up of excellent news for At the Existentialist Cafe!

It is one of the New York Times‘ Ten Best Books of the Year for 2016.

It’s also been chosen as a book of the year by Kathryn Hughes, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Julian Baggini in The Guardian, and by Sudhir Hazareesingh in The Times Literary Supplement.  And it is Nigel Warburton’s no.-1 choice in his Five Best Philosophy Books of 2016, on the Five Books site.

Calls for a celebration, I’d say.  Apricot cocktail, anyone?

Existentialisten & esistenzialisti

November 28, 2016

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de-existentialisten-dutchMore new translations of the Existentialists have come out: the Dutch De existentialisten, published by Ten Have, and the Italian Al caffè degli esistenzialisti, published by Fazi, both in November 2016. esistenzialisti

These join their fellow Euro-existentialists:  Das Café des Existenzialisten (Beck, Germany, July), and the Spanish En el café de los existencialistas, (Ariel, September).

Others to come soon, I hope..

 

More UK festivalities

September 14, 2016

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Some more upcoming UK events for the Existentialist Cafe:

Wigtown Festival, Friday 30 September: talking about the book with Lee Randall. Details and booking here.

Durham Festival, Saturday 8 October: discussing Paris in the 1930s, with Jo Baker.  More here.

Manchester Festival, Saturday 15 October: talking about the book – see here.

 

 

Edinburgh

August 19, 2016

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If you’re at the Edinburgh festival this weekend: I’ll be talking about existentialism and surrealism with James King, biographer of the English surrealist Roland Penrose.  It’s at 11.00 am on Sunday 21 August: read more and book tickets here.

Festivalities

May 29, 2016

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If you’re anywhere near the Hay Festival on Monday 30 May, do come along and hear me talk about existentialists with Francine Stock – it’s at 5.30 and you can book here.

And if you’re in York the week after that, I’ll be at the Festival of Ideas on Wednesday 8 June – it’s free and you can reserve a place here.

Book of the week, etc.

April 11, 2016

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At the Existentialist Cafe UK coverAt the Existentialist Cafe is BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week starting Monday 13 April. Catch up with it online here – a 5-part serialisation, edited by Polly Coles and read by Sasha Behar.

There’s a quick interview on NPR’s The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry, here.

Meanwhile, my US tour is coming to a finale at the Town Hall, Seattle, tonight: see here.  For a flavour of my American conversations, especially when fuelled by a cocktail or two, here’s Martin Pengelly’s piece in the US Guardian on what happened when we met in Manhattan for a Manhattan in the Bemelmans Bar.

Next is a rather brief visit to Canada, where I’m at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto on Wednesday 13 April – an event organised by Flying Books. Read more here.   I also selected five favorite books of the moment for Flying Books – here they are.

More UK appearances coming up with dizzying soonness: join me at “Sunday Morning with Sartre”, organised by the School of Life at London’s Mary Ward Centre: 11.20 am on Sunday 17 April. See here!

Looking ahead to May: on the evening of 9 May I’ll be at Shakespeare & Co in Paris. See their website here for further details when they emerge.  In the UK, I’m at Charleston on 27 May (here),  with Steve Jones, and at Hay on 30 May. More details to follow.

Reasons to be …

March 6, 2016

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At the Existentialist Cafe UK cover  
At the Existentialist Cafe
is now out in UK, US and Canada, and here, to celebrate, is a longread by me in The Guardian: Think Big, Be Free, Have Sex .. Ten Reasons to Be an ExistentialistAt The Existentialist Cafe US cover

In other news, I’ll be on tour in the US in early spring, from 29 March to 11 April.  For the latest details of all events, please see the list on Other Press’s website here. That’s followed by an evening at the excellent Flying Books in Toronto on 13 April, with more details to be confirmed.  So if you live in or near Princeton, Cambridge/Boston, Washington DC, New York, LA, SF, Seattle or Toronto, do come along!

For UK events in March, see previous post ..

At the Existentialist Cafe – events in March

February 15, 2016

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At the Existentialist Cafe will be published simultaneously in the US and UK in the first week of March.  To celebrate, here are a couple of friendly UK readings/events for that month.  Do join me if you can.At the Existentialist Cafe UK cover

On Thursday 10 March, from 12.00-1.00pm, I’ll be talking with Peter Moore (author of The Weather Experiment) at Daunt Books Marylebone.  Follow the link to the shop page for more details of the event and how to book tickets (£6.00)- it’s part of their excellent festival.

And on Saturday 19 March, from 11.00am-12.00, I’m talking to the philosopher Nigel Warburton at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, as part of the series Philosophy in the Bookshop.  It’s free: more details on their page (you’ll need to scroll down).

Hope to see you at one of these!