THE BOOKS THAT BUILT ME: SARAH CHURCHWELL & THE GREAT GATSBY
Thursday, 15 May 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Behind every great writer is a library full of beloved books - from childhood favourites to grown-up classics – The Books That Built Me explores the novels that have most influenced and inspired a writer’s life and work.
The Books That Built Me salon, hosted by blogger Mrs Trefusis on 15th May 2014; author, broadcaster and academic, Sarah Churchwell, will discuss her life as a writer, and the journey that led to her latest book, the critically acclaimed Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby.
Careless People tells the true story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, carefully reconstructing the crucial months during which Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald returned to New York in the autumn of 1922 - parties, jazz clubs and speakeasies, high society and organized crime, and the celebrity culture that surrounded the Fitzgeralds. As Sarah says, ‘For me, Gatsby exemplifies everything that shaped my career: understanding why we love the books that we love, and sharing not only the love, but the explanation, with others.’
“Part memoir, part painstaking historical research, Careless People brings to vivid life prohibition era New York and will make you rethink almost everything you thought you knew about F.Scott Fitzgerald and his most famous work.” Harper’s Bazaar.
The Books That Built Me is on 15th May 2014, 6.30pm until 8.30pm, at The Café Royal.
When & Where
Helen Brocklebank, is the off screen name of writer and Times 100 blogger 'Mrs Trefusis'. Helen worked for many years at Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazines, and founded The Books That Built Me in April 2014. At The Books That Built Me, Helen interviews authors about the books that inspire their writing, tracing the thread that links the books you read and the books you write.
The Books That Built Me works in partnership with Champagne Bollinger and Harper's Bazaar.
You can find more information about The Books That Built Me on thebooksthatbuiltme.co.uk or by following Helen on twitter or instagram (@mrstrefusis). There is also a Facebook page facebook.com/thebooksthatbuiltme