Author Talk

Edmund de Waal and Adam Gopnik in Conversation


Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:30 – 7:30 pm
YouTube video premiere

The Saul and Gladys Gwirtzman Lecture

Join us for a conversation between writers Edmund de Waal and Adam Gopnik to celebrate the launch of de Waal's Letters to Camondo, the highly anticipated follow up to his 2010 bestseller, The Hare with Amber Eyes. This collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de Waal to Moise de Camondo reveals the captivating and ultimately tragic story of the banker and art collector who settled in 19th-century Paris, creating a spectacular house, now the Musée Nissim de Camondo, and filled it with an incredible collection of French 18th-century art. The 50 letters in this new work are deeply personal reflections on assimilation, melancholy, family, art, the vicissitudes of history, and the value of memory.

About the Speakers:

Edmund de Waal is an artist who has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has won many prizes and has been translated into twenty-nine languages. The White Road, a journey into the history of porcelain, was published in 2015. He lives in London with his family.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

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Photo of Adam Gopnik by Brigitte Lacombe; Photo of Edmund de Waal by Tom Jamieson.