OCCNY, LIVE from the NYPL Present Daniel Mendelsohn, Rebecca Mead Conversation

October 26, 2017

NEW YORK—The Onassis Cultural Center New York and LIVE from the NYPL present Daniel Mendelsohn in conversation with Rebecca Mead on Thursday, November 15, 7 PM at the New York Public Library (42nd Street and 5th Avenue). Mendelsohn, an award-winning memoirist, critic, classics professor, translator and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, will speak with New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead about his new memoir, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic.

When Daniel Mendelsohn’s father, Jay, enrolled in his son’s undergraduate Odysseyseminar at Bard College, it set the two men on a journey toward mutual understanding that was at times as treacherous as the straits of Scilla. Mendelsohn tells the tale in An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic. Arguing over Homer’s classic in the classroom and then recreating Odysseus’s voyages in an unforgettable Mediterranean journey, the scientist father attempts to appreciate the path of his writer/classicist son, while the son gradually uncovers long-buried secrets that explain his difficult parent.

Mendelsohn’s new memoir has received significant critical acclaim, including the following:

“Mendelsohn makes Homer’s epic shine in your mind.”
The New York Times

“This is a moving book, as full of twists and turns as its subject, often beautiful too. As well as a contribution to the art of memoir, it is a vivid defense of the close rereading of a classical text, the tiny questions from which bigger pictures become clear.”
Financial Times review

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About The Onassis Cultural Center New York 
The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today, through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. Designed to be inspiring and entertaining, the programs stimulate interaction between audiences, artists, and thinkers in all cultural fields from visual arts to the humanities.

About LIVE from the NYPL 
LIVE from the NYPL is The New York Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series, offering programs that are as unique and engaging as the Library itself, and embody the institution’s mission to educate, inform, and inspire the diverse community it serves in New York and beyond. Under the direction of Paul Holdengraber since it launched in 2005, LIVE’s provocative conversations, real debates, irresistible performances and original experiences are exercises in cognitive theater designed to stimulate cultural curiosity. During its Fall and Spring seasons, LIVE welcomes to its stage the literary icons, groundbreaking artists, creative filmmakers, notable historians, influential leaders and emerging tastemakers who are shaping the world today.


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