Tuesday, February 4

Harvard Book Store Presents (Past Events)Special Events Archive

E.L. Doctorow (postponed)

Due to travel complications for the author, this event has been rescheduled to March 18 at 6pm.

Ticket holders unable to make the rescheduled event may request a refund. Those who bought tickets online should e-mail [email protected]. Those who bought tickets in person or over the phone can have their tickets refunded in the bookstore. Tickets purchased for the previous event date will still be valid for this rescheduled time.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome E.L. DOCTOROW, National Book Award winner and three time National Book Critics Circle Award winner, for a reading of his new novel, Andrew’s Brain.

This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, BillyBathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.

Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves. Written with psychological depth and great lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel delivers a voice for our times—funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound. Andrew’s Brain is a surprising turn and a singular achievement in the canon of a writer whose prose has the power to create its own landscape, and whose great topic, in the words of Don DeLillo, is “the reach of American possibility, in which plain lives take on the cadences of history.”

“E. L. Doctorow is a national treasure, and I mean this in a very specific sense: He has rewarded us, these forty-five years, with a vision of ourselves, as a people, a vision possessed of what I might call ‘aspirational verve’—he sees us clearly and tenderly, just as we are, but also sees past that—to what we might, at our best, become.”—George Saunders

“A writer of dazzling gifts and boundless imaginative energy.”—Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker

E. L. Doctorow’s works of fiction include Homer & Langley, The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career [places] him . . . in the highest rank of American literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction.