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Our Fathers
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:00PM

SubCulture for PEN World Voices
45 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012


For many men, their relationship with their father will be the most challenging that they ever experience–and the most difficult to talk about. Colm Tóibín’s most recent book, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, is about the fathers of Irish literary greats Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and W.B. Yeats. Édouard Louis’s Who Killed My Father is a searing indictment of the French economic system that destroyed the violent and homophobic father Louis hated, and whose name the author renounced, yet whose suffering he could not turn away from. Join Louis and Tóibín for a free-ranging conversation around the subject of fathers–in literature and life.