In Conversation


Edouard Louis in conversation with John McMurtrie

October 19, 2018


In collaboration with Litquake, Modernism is pleased to present a conversation with international bestselling author Édouard Louis and San Francisco Chronicle books editor John McMurtrie.

October 19, 2018
6:00 - 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door

On Christmas Eve 2012, in Paris, the novelist Édouard Louis was raped and almost murdered by a man he had just met. This act of violence left Louis shattered; its aftermath made him a stranger to himself and sent him back to the past he had sworn to leave behind. A bestseller in France, History of Violence has the exactness of a police report and the searching, unflinching curiosity of memoir at its best.

Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers The End of Eddy and History of Violence, and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis was born Eddy Bellegeule in the working-class village of Hallencourt in northern France, and he attended the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and International Herald Tribune, where he got his start in journalism more than a quarter-century ago—not including a stint as a paperboy for the Globe.

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