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Cynthia L. Haven in conversation with James Marcus at City Lights, presenting Czesław Miłosz: A California Life


Tuesday, October 26 | 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Cynthia L. Haven presents her new book, Czesław Miłosz: A California Life, at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

Czesław Miłosz, one of the greatest poets and thinkers of the past hundred years, is not generally considered a Californian. But the Nobel laureate spent four decades in Berkeley—more time than any other single place he lived—and he wrote many of his most enduring works there. This is the first book to look at his life through a California lens. Filled with original research and written with the grace and liveliness of a novel, it is both an essential volume for his most devoted readers and a perfect introduction for newcomers.

Cynthia L. Haven will be in conversation with James Marcus, author of the forthcoming book Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Emerson in Fifteen Installments.

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.

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About the Speaker

Cynthia L. Haven

Cynthia L. Haven

Cynthia L. Haven is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and author of 2018’s Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard, the first-ever biography of the French theorist. She has published two previous books on Czesław Miłosz: An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czesław Miłosz and Czesław Miłosz: Conversations. She has been a Milena Jesenská Journalism Fellow with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, as well as a visiting writer and scholar at Stanford’s Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and a Voegelin Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She has written for the Times Literary Supplement and has also contributed to the New York Times Book Review, the Nation, the Wall Street Journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.


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