Lydia Davis with Parul Sehgal

Along with bookselling colleagues across the entire country, we are delighted to help present this virtual program with esteemed fiction writer, translator, and essayist Lydia Davis on the occasion of Essays Two (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) being published - in beautiful form, companionably with eight preceding volumes of her work. This volume focuses on translation, other languages, Marcel Proust, and more.

"While writing about writing can sometimes wander into theoretical, navel-gazing territory, Davis’s approach here is thrillingly concrete. Several pieces describe, in vivid, granular detail, her process for translating the first volume of Proust. She pops the hood and lets us see how the literary gears turn." —Cornelia Channing, Vulture.

“In this riveting and erudite collection (after Essays One), Davis documents the adventures and challenges of her work as a translator, moving with ease between the technical challenges posed by a complex text and her personal relationship with literature . . . Thorough, idiosyncratic, and inimitable, Davis is the kind of intelligent and attentive reader a book is lucky to find. Readers, in turn, are lucky to have this collection, a worthy addition to the Davis canon.” —Publishers Weekly.

Lydia Davis’ many awards and honors include the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, the PEN/Malamud Award. She has been named both a Chevalier and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Lydia Davis will appear in conversation with Parul Sehgal, a staff writer at The New Yorker and formerly a book critic at The New York Times, with an introduction provided by Jonathan Galassi, her longtime editor and President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

This event will take place at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CAT/ 4 p.m. PST. Each ticket includes a copy of Essays Two, shipped after the event via Media Mail to addresses in the Continental U.S. International Shipping is not available for this event. This is the only Virtual Event for Lydia Davis for Essays Two this season.

Co-presented by Community Bookstore, Harvard Book Store, Politics and & Prose, Literati and Elliott Bay Book Company.




Essays Two: On Proust, Translation, Foreign Languages, and the City of Arles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374148867
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 30th, 2021

Essays One Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250758156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - November 10th, 2020

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:00pm
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