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September 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Elizabeth Finch: A Virtual Afternoon with Julian Barnes


September 15, 2022
4:00 pm



Books & Books, Politics & Prose, Harvard Book Store, Oblong, and RJ Julia present

A Virtual Afternoon with



Elizabeth Finch: A Novel

(Knopf, $26)

Thursday, September 15, 4 PM ET | On Zoom


In partnership with Politics & Prose, Harvard Book Store, Oblong, and RJ Julia, Books & Books presents an afternoon with Julian Barnes for his latest book Elizabeth Finch: A Novel (Knopf, $26). This virtual event will take place on Zoom.

This event is FREE and open to the public but can be bundled with a book ticket that includes (1) one copy of Elizabeth Finch: A Novel (Knopf, $26 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

Once you choose you ticket option, we will send you a Zoom registration link (24 hours BEFORE the event) that will give you access to the event via private link. See below for detailed information on tickets.

About the Book:

From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a magnetic tale that centers on the presence of a vivid and particular woman, whose loss becomes the occasion for a man’s deeper examination of love, friendship, and biography.

“I’ll remember Elizabeth Finch when most other characters I’ve met this year have faded.” –John Self, The Times

This beautiful, spare novel of platonic unrequited love springs into being around the singular character of the stoic, exacting Professor Elizabeth Finch. Neil, the narrator, takes her class “Culture and Civilisation,” taught not for undergraduates but for adults of all ages; we are drawn into his intellectual crush on this private, withholding, yet commanding woman. While other personal relationships and even his family drift from Neil’s grasp, Elizabeth’s application of her material to the matter of daily living remains important to him, even after her death, in a way that nothing else does.

In Elizabeth Finch, we are treated to everything we cherish in Barnes: his eye for the unorthodox forms love can take between two people, a compelling swerve into nonfictional material (this time, through Neil’s obsessive study of Julian the Apostate, following on notes Elizabeth left for him to discover after her death), and the forcefully moving undercurrent of history, and biography in particular, as nourishment and guide in our current lives.


About the Author:

JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty-four previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Médicis and Prix Femina in France, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in London.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • ADMISSION WITH BOOK (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of the book Elizabeth Finch: A Novel (Knopf, $26 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book

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

  • U.S. GENERAL ADMISSION (FREE, NO BOOK): This ticket option allows free access to the virtual event and does NOT include a book.

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. 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.

Books & Books is excited to partner with these amazing indies:

  • Harvard Book Store
  • Politics & Prose
  • Oblong
  • RJ Julia