Two friends living in New York struggle to respectively conceal and fabricate beauty in Amanda Filipacchi’s new novel, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, which Sheila Heti calls “a seductively powerful fable about the ugly powers of beauty, the redemptive powers of creativity, and the nature of true love.” Join Amanda Filipacchi and Siri Hustvedt --author of The Blazing World, an exploration of identity and facade-- for discussion about perception and desire, seeing and being seen.Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and, forthcoming, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Best American Humor and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York.Siri Hustvedt is the author five novels, The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved,and The Summer Without Men, as well as three collections of essays, A Plea for Eros, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the nonfiction work: The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves. What I Loved and The Summer Without Men were international bestsellers. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Femina Etranger in France, and she is the recipient of the 2012 International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
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