On Thursday, November 10, Politics & Prose will host Joan Didion at The Avalon Theatre for the release of her newest book of non-fiction, Blue Nights.
From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.
Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana’s wedding in New York seven years before. Reflecting on her daughter but
also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any
parent might - about how she feels she failed either because cues were not
taken or perhaps displaced. “How could I have missed what was clearly
there to be seen?”
Didion’s spare yet richly stylized prose made The Year of Magical Thinking a haunting chronicle of grief and love. Her new memoir returns to these themes, this time to chronicle the loss of her daughter. As Didion remembers the young woman’s life, she also looks back on her own, meditating on parenthood, aging, and identity.
Joan Didion will be in-conversation with NPR's Susan Stamberg.
Also, please note: There will not be a book signing following the talk/conversation and audience Q&A. Instead, Didion will pre-sign books.
Two free tickets will be provided with each purchase of the book ($25) from
P&P. Additional tickets are $12 (or $15 the day of the event).
Prepayment is required to secure reservations. Books and tickets cannot
be held without a confirmed payment.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AND BOOK ORDERS WILL NOT INCLUDE TWO TICKETS TO THE EVENT.WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT ORDERS FOR BOOKS TO BE SIGNED, EITHER.
Blue Nights will be released on November 1. Pre-purchased Books and tickets may be picked up at Politics & Prose through November 9. On November 10, the day of the event, all remaining pickups will be at Will Call, at The Avalon Theatre. The doors - and the event Will Call - open at 7:30 p.m. and the event begins promptly at 8 with General Admission seating. If you do not attend the event, your signed book will be taken back to Politics & Prose for post-event pickup or shipping. We will not have signed copies available until after the event.