DO THIS: National Book Award Finalist John Lahr at Free Library Tonight


John LahrWe have a very timely guest appearance happening at the Free Library tonight. Author and longtime The New Yorker drama critic John Lahr will come to town with his latest, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, for a reading and discussion this evening.

He’s arriving on the heels of being named one of the five finalists in the 2014 National Book Award non-fiction category for his biography of celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. The work was created using Williams’s writings and a collection of diary entries, letters, and interviews with friends and lovers (because he had quite a few of those) that had never been transcribed. NPR calls the book “both gossipy—it features unhappy love affairs, binge-drinking actresses and a drug-addicted Williams—and aesthetically serious.”

It’s sure to be a delicious read—and an equally delicious discussion at the Free Library.

At tonight’s event, Lahr will read passages from the book and discuss its creation process. Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Branch of the Free Library. The $15 tickets can be purchased here.