Black and white photo of Ben Lerner sitting in an outdoor city scene. In the background are trees, people sitting on benches and a street with cars.

Some Favorite Writers: Ben Lerner

Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 7:30 PM

Ben Lerner’s latest novel, The Topeka School, is a tale of family, adolescence, and transgression set in the US Midwest in the late 1990s. It is also a prehistory of our troubled present—a “diagnosis of our ongoing national violence” (Claudia Rankine). Lerner is a Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellow as well as an English professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of the novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04, and the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path.

Readings are followed by discussion with author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series. Supported in part by the UCLA Department of English and the Friends of English.

Coffee and tea served. Book signing with the author to follow.


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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.

Public programs advancing social justice are presented by the Ford Foundation.

Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.