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Intelligence Squared Bloomsbury Book Club with Edmund White

Bloomsbury Institute

Thursday, 31 May 2012 from 18:00 to 19:45 (BST)

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Edmund White, one of America’s finest writers, joins us to discuss his latest book, Jack Holmes and His Friend – a tantalizing story of male friendship set in seventies New York during the watershed era of gay liberation and through the catastrophe of AIDS.
Jack Holmes and his Friend deploys Edmund White’s wonderful perceptions of American society to dazzling effect, as character after character is delicately and colourfully rendered and one social milieu after another glows in the reader’s mind. He is a connoisseur of the nuances of personality and mood, and here unveils his very human cast in all their radical individuality. New York itself is a principle character with its old society and its bohemians rich and poor, with its sleek European immigrants and its rough-and-tumble transplanted Midwesterners. With narrative daring and a gifted sense of the rueful submerged drama of life, the novel is a beautifully sculpted exploration of sexuality and sensibility.
Edmund White is the author of many novels as well as non-fiction and literary biography. He is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a recipient of the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University. His acclaimed autobiography, My Lives, was published in 2006 (Bloomsbury).

Praise for Edmund White
‘Edmund White has three voices. First there is the storyteller, relaxed, conversational, an anecdotalist, an inspired flâneur. Then there is the poet: on every page there lies in wait a metaphor of startling precision, an image that holds and re-attracts the eye. And then there is the laic philosopher, who observes human life from the highest altitudes, held aloft by vast infusions of erudition and experience. In Jack Holmes and His Friend, White’s trio is in frictionless accord’ Martin Amis

Date: Wednesday 30th May 2012  

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm

Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP

Cost: £30

Tickets for the Intelligence Squared Bloomsbury Book Club cost £30 for individual events (including the book). Full season membership is no longer on sale but you can still become a member for the Nadine Gordimer, Ben Macintyre and Edmund White events for £75. Please contact Claire Daly at  or call 0207 631 5717.

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When & Where

Bloomsbury Publishing
50 Bedford Square
WC1B 3DP London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 31 May 2012 from 18:00 to 19:45 (BST)

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Bloomsbury Institute hosts unmissable author talks for book lovers, academics and readers at Bloomsbury's stunning central London premises. Featuring the most exciting voices and worldwide bestselling authors published by Bloomsbury in conversation with today’s top commentators, creatives and opinion-shapers, we create an unforgettable night out for bookish types in the heart of literary London. Past guests have included Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Elizabeth Gilbert, Meg Rosoff, Willy Russell, Carlos Acosta, Sheila Hancock, Khaled Hosseini and many more! See our upcoming events and join our guest list for event invites and special offers.    


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