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January 14 @ 8:00 pm

I Came All This Way to Meet You: A Virtual Evening with Jami Attenberg and Benjamin Dreyer

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Date:
January 14
Time:
8:00 pm

Venue

On ZOOM

Books & Books, Harvard Book Store and Literati Bookstore present

A Virtual Evening with

Jami Attenberg

In conversation with Benjamin Dreyer

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home

(Ecco, $27.99)

Friday, January 14, 8 PM ET  | Via Zoom

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Books & Books is excited to partner with Harvard Book Store and Literati Bookstore for this special conversation with Jami Attenberg! Tickets are bundled with the book (+tax/fee) or $5 (+tax/fee).

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


About the Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg comes a dazzling memoir about unlocking and embracing her creativity—and how it saved her life.

In this brilliant, fierce, and funny memoir of transformation, Jami Attenberg—described as a “master of modern fiction” (Entertainment Weekly) and the “poet laureate of difficult families” (Kirkus Reviews)—reveals the defining moments that pushed her to create a life, and voice, she could claim for herself. What does it take to devote oneself to art? What does it mean to own one’s ideas? What does the world look like for a woman moving solo through it?

As the daughter of a traveling salesman in the Midwest, Attenberg was drawn to a life on the road. Frustrated by quotidian jobs and hungry for inspiration and fresh experiences, her wanderlust led her across the country and eventually on travels around the globe. Through it all she grapples with questions of mortality, otherworldliness, and what we leave behind.

It is during these adventures that she begins to reflect on the experiences of her youth—the trauma, the challenges, the risks she has taken. Driving across America on self-funded book tours, sometimes crashing on couches when she was broke, she keeps writing: in researching articles for magazines, jotting down ideas for novels, and refining her craft, she grows as an artist and increasingly learns to trust her gut and, ultimately, herself.

Exploring themes of friendship, independence, class, and drive, I Came All This Way to Meet You is an inspiring story of finding one’s way home—emotionally, artistically, and physically—and an examination of art and individuality that will resonate with anyone determined to listen to their own creative calling.


About the Author:

Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Slate, and others. All This Could Be Yours was published in 2019 by HMH Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK), as well as in Italy, Germany, China, and Brazil. Her work has been published in a total of sixteen languages. Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Timesbestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 and has been optioned by Fable Pictures. Her sixth book, All Grown Up, was published in 2017 and was a national bestseller, appearing on numerous year-end lists.

About the Moderator:

Benjamin Dreyer is the New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer’s English. He is as well vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson. He lives in New York City.


Ticket Guidelines:

Tier 1: U.S. GA (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of I Came All This Way to Meet You (Ecco, $27.99 + tax and fee). Please note that 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.

Tier 2: U.S. GA (No book): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event for $5 (+tax/fee).


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.