The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of "Winter Journal” (2012) by Paul Auster. [The author will not be present.]
Thirty years after the publication of “The Invention of Solitude,” in which he wrote movingly about fatherhood, this book is composed in the manner of a musical fugue which advances from one autobiographical fragment to the next, jumping backward and forward in time as the various themes intersect, bounce off one another, and ultimately merge in a chorus of multiple voices.
The reviewer for the Washington Post said of the book, “In turns contemplative, pugnacious and achingly tender, Auster, who may be one of the most imaginative writers living and working in America today, gives us a blow-by-blow account of his collision with life — a chronicle of scars, fears, deaths and afflictions that have hounded him to his promontory of 64 years.”
Paul Auster is the award-winning author of “Sunset Park,” “Invisible,” “The Book of Illusions,” and “The New York Trilogy,” among many other works. "I Thought My Father Was God," the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. In 2006, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
There is no charge and no sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.