Our Brilliant Friends: Conversation & Watch Party

April 18th

McNally Jackson Virtual Event


Every week, for a total of 8 events, starting Monday, February 28th

This first conversation starts at 9pm ET, an hour before the premiere on HBO At 10pm ET.
Subsequent conversations start at 9:30pm ET, 30 minutes before the episode.

In partnership with HBO, Europa Editions, and Harper's Magazine.

Featuring Daniele Luchetti, Ann Goldstein, Elif Batuman, Joanna Biggs, Stacey D'Erasmo, Claudia Durastanti, Merve Emre, Molly Fischer, Francesco Pacifico, Judith Shulevitz, Darcey Steinke and more.

Register now for 15% off Elena Ferrante's forthcoming book, In The Margins.


Join HBO, Harper’s, Europa Editions and host McNally Jackson every Monday from February 28 to April 18 for 30 minutes of lively conversation with authors, filmmakers, critics, and celebrity Ferrante fans from all around the world. Stay on for a 60-minute “watch party” (requires a HBO/HBO Max subscription) as we live comment each new episode of the HBO Original Series My Brilliant Friend via Crowdcast.

Ann Goldstein has translated into English all of Elena Ferrante’s books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Lying Life of Adults and The Story of the Lost Child, which was also shortlisted for the Booker International Prize. She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. She lives in New York.

Daniele Luchetti is an Italian film director, screenwriter and actor. Luchetti's theatre spectacle Sottobanco, inspired to Domenico Starnone's works, was later turned into a feature film entitled La scuola ("The School", 1995). His most recent films are My Brother Is an Only Child (2006), for which Elio Germano won the David di Donatello as best actor in a leading role, and La nostra vita (2010), which was the only Italian film selected for official competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Elif Batuman's new novel, Either/Or, is forthcoming from Penguin Press in May, 2022. Her first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her previous book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Joanna Biggs is a writer, an editor at Harper’s Magazine and the author of All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain at Work (Serpent’s Tail, 2015). She has written for The London Review of Books, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, The Financial Times, The Guardian, the Observer and the Sunday Times. Her second book, No Heroines, will be published by Ecco in 2023.

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, Wonderland, and The Complicities, which is forthcoming in September. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is an Associate Professor of Writing and Publishing Practices at Fordham University.

Claudia Durastanti is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. A former Italian Fellow in Literature at the American Academy of Rome, she is a co-founder of the Italian Literature Festival in London. She writes for several literary supplements and is on the board of the Turin Book Fair. She is the Italian translator of Joshua Cohen, Donna Haraway, Ocean Vuong, and the most recent edition of The Great Gatsby. Strangers I Know, a finalist for the Premio Strega in 2019, has been translated into twenty-one languages. She currently lives in Rome.

Merve Emre is an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the co-author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Bookforum, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Baffler, n+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is senior humanities editor.

Francesco Pacifico has written for a number of Italian publications, as well as for Rolling Stone, n+1, and GQ, and has translated the works of Henry Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Dave Eggers, Dana Spiotta, Will Eisner, and more. He is the author of the novels The Story of My PurityClass, and The Women I Love. He lives in Rome.

Judith Shulevitz is a literary critic and a former columnist for The New York Times and Slate. Her work has also appeared in The New Republic and The New Yorker. She lives in New York City with her husband, Nicholas Lemann, and children.

Darcey Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere and the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, Up Through the Water, and Sister Golden Hair. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian. She has been both a Henry Hoyns Fellow and a Stegner Fellow as well as a writer in residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, the American University of Paris, and Princeton.

Lauren Christensen is a senior staff editor at The New York Times Book Review. Previously on the editorial staffs at Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair, Lauren has degrees in English literature from Oxford and Princeton.



Buy the Book: 
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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609452339
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2014

In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609457372
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Europa Editions - March 15th, 2022