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Book Discussion & Celebration: Justin Torres – Blackouts

Nov 7, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193, 415 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Join UCLA English for a book discussion and reception to celebrate Professor Justin Torres and his new novel, Blackouts. Blackouts is a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and has been named A Most Anticipated Read by The New York Times, The Guardian, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Bay Area Reporter, Datebook, Electric Literature, The Stacks, Them, and Publishers Weekly.

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Creative writing colleagues Fred D’Aguiar, Mona Simpson and Xuan Juliana Wang will lead the discussion. Light refreshments will follow the event. Please join us to celebrate Justin and his new work!

Synopsis:

Out in the desert in a place called the Palace, a young man tends to a dying soul, someone he once knew briefly, but who has haunted the edges of his life. Juan Gay—playful raconteur, child lost and found and lost, guardian of the institutionalized—has a project to pass along to this new narrator. It is inspired by a true artifact of a book, Sex Variants: A Study in Homosexual Patterns, which contains stories collected in the early twentieth century from queer subjects by a queer researcher, Jan Gay, whose groundbreaking work was then co-opted by a committee, her name buried. As Juan waits for his end, he and the narrator trade stories—moments of joy and oblivion—and resurrect lost loves, lives, mothers, fathers, minor heroes. The past is with us, beside us, ahead of us; what are we to create from its gaps and erasures?

Inspired by Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pedro PáramoVoodoo Macbeth, the book at its own center and the woman who created it, oral histories, and many more texts, images, and influences, Justin Torres’s Blackouts is a work of fiction that sees through the inventions of history and narrative. An extraordinary work of creative imagination, it insists that we look long and steady at the world we have inherited and the world we have made—a world full of ghostly shadows and flashing moments of truth.

Details

Date:
Nov 7, 2023
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Website:
https://english.ucla.edu/events/book-discussion-celebration-justin-torres-blackouts/

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UCLA Department of English
Phone
(310) 206-4030
Email
englishevents@ucla.edu
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UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193
415 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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