December 6, 2016
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?
November 28, 2016
More 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.
Others to come soon, I hope..
September 14, 2016
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.
August 19, 2016
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.
May 29, 2016
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.
March 6, 2016
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 Existentialist.
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 ..
February 15, 2016
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.
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!
January 12, 2016
It’s on its way. It’s big, it’s bonny, it’s existential, it’s rectangular, and it’s been five years in the making. Within its pages, someone gets punched in the street, someone else makes sad remarks about a lump of sugar, another person is chased by imaginary lobsters, and three people drink apricot cocktails in a mood of uncontainable excitement. Yes, it’s my new book At the Existentialist Cafe, telling the story of twentieth-century existentialism through a blend of biography and philosophy. It is coming out in the first few days of March from Chatto & Windus in the U.K., Other Press in the U.S., and Knopf in Canada.
There are two versions of the cover, depending on country. Here they both are.
I’ll be talking about the book at festivals and other events in various places this year. Watch this space for details as they arise..
July 31, 2015