Tea and Conversation with Author Ben Learner
When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:00 pm
Where: Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall
Ben Lerner’s latest novel, The Topeka School, is a tale of family, adolescence, and transgression set in the US Midwest in the late 1990s. It is also a prehistory of our troubled present—a “diagnosis of our ongoing national violence” (Claudia Rankine). Lerner is a Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellow as well as an English professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of the novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04, and the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path.
this event will be followed by a reading and discussion with author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series, at the Hammer Museum.