The End of Eddy: Édouard Louis & Teju Cole in Conversation
Join novelists Édouard Louis and Teju Cole for the launch in the US of Louis’s international bestselling debut, The End of Eddy (FSG).
Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening.
Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Marguerite Duras, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result—a critical and popular triumph—has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in the 1990’s, Édouard Louis is a novelist and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. He also published, in Norway, an essay about Toni Morrison. He is the coauthor, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive, published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with class, sexuality and violence. He is the author of two novels, The End of Eddy (FSG), as well as A History of Violence (forthcoming in English).
Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine.
Cole is the author of three books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph, and shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award; a novel, Open City, which also featured on numerous book of the year lists, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature; and an essay collection, Known and Strange Things, which was long listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and named a book of the year by the Guardian, the Financial Times, Time Magazine, and many others.
His photography column at the New York Times Magazine was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award.
Teju Cole has contributed to the New Yorker, Granta, Brick, and several other magazines. His forthcoming book is Blind Spot, a genre-crossing work of photography and texts. His photography has been exhibited in India, Iceland, and the US, published in a number of journals, and was the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy in the spring of 2016. He has lectured widely, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design to Twitter Headquarters. He gave the 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Duke University, the 2015 Susan D. Gubar Lecture at Indiana University, and the 2016 Spui25 Lecture at the University of Amsterdam. He was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction as well as a US Artists award.