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October 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

A Calling for Charlie Barnes: An Evening with Joshua Ferris & Lynne Tillman


October 5, 2021
7:00 pm



Books & Books, Harvard Book Store and Politics & Prose present…

An Evening with Joshua Ferris

In Conversation with Lynne Tillman

A Calling for Charlie Barnes

(Little, Brown and Company, $28)

Tuesday, October 5, 7 PM ET


See below for ticket guidelines.

About the Book:

From National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris comes a “brilliant, funny,” and “heartbreaking” novel about a modern American family and a man on a secret mission to uncover the world’s hidden truths—until his two lives come crashing together (Andrew Greer, author of Less). 

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn’t appear to be going well. Too often divorced, discontent with life’s compromises and in a house he hates, this lifelong schemer and eternal romantic would like out of his present circumstances and into the American dream. But when the twin calamities of the Great Recession and a cancer scare come along to compound his troubles, his dreams dwindle further, and an infinite past full of forking paths quickly tapers to a black dot.

Then, against all odds, something goes right for a change: Charlie is granted a second act. With help from his storyteller son, he surveys the facts of his life and finds his true calling where he least expects it—in a sacrifice that redounds with selflessness and love—at last becoming the man his son always knew he could be.

A Calling for Charlie Barnes is a profound and tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.

About the Author:

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

About the Moderator:

Lynne Tillman’s recent writing includes the novel Men and Apparitions; a short story “The Dead Live Longer,” in N+1, and an essay “Homage to Homage,” on painter Steve Locke. In 2022, a book-length, autobiographical essay, Mothercare, will be published by Soft Skull, and, in 2023, a book of selected stories. Tillman has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant for Arts Writing.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • Tier 1: U.S. GENERAL ADMISSION (Includes book and U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of A Calling for Charlie Barnes (Little, Brown & Co., $28 + tax and fee). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book. International orders may require an additional shipping charge.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

  • Tier 2: GENERAL ADMISSION (FREE): This ticket option is FREE and grants access to join the virtual conversation. Please note that a copy of the book is NOT included.


All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.