Books & Books will partner with TKE and various bookshops to host author Mitchell Kaplan, who will present and discuss Paul Auster's new book, Baumgartner. Kaplan will be in conversation with fellow writer and poet Rachel DeWoskin who wrote absolute animal (available for pre-order now). This event is virtual and open to the public.
Reserve your spot on Eventbrite here. You may purchase a book with your ticket, or separately through the King’s English. We will send a Zoom link on the day of the event to ticket holders.
About the book:
Paul Auster's brilliant eighteenth novel opens with a scorched pot of water, which Sy Baumgartner -- phenomenologist, noted author, and soon-to-be retired philosophy professor - has just forgotten on the stove.
Baumgartner's life had been defined by his deep, abiding love for his wife, Anna, who was killed in a swimming accident nine years earlier. Now 71, Baumgartner continues to struggle to live in her absence as the novel sinuously unfolds into spirals of memory and reminiscence, delineated in episodes spanning from 1968, when Sy and Anna meet as broke students working and writing in New York, through their passionate relationship over the next forty years, and back to Baumgartner's youth in Newark and his Polish-born father's life as a dress-shop owner and failed revolutionary.
Rich with compassion, wit, and Auster's keen eye for beauty in the smallest, most transient moments of ordinary life, Baumgartner asks: Why do we remember certain moments, and forget others? In one of his most luminous works and his first novel since the Booker-shortlisted tour-de-force 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster captures several lifetimes.