Silver Linings (23) Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein Go Zooming

My great friend and fellow translator Ann Goldstein will be reading from Elena Ferrante’s new novel The Lying Life of Adults tomorrow night! The Center for Fiction and Europa Editions have put together an inspiring and innovative virtual event on Zoom. Hope to see you there!

MONDAY 4/6 | 9:15PM (EST)

Our Brilliant Friends:
After Dinner Book Club and Watch Party

Join Elena Ferrante’s translator, Ann Goldstein, Europa’s Editor in Chief Michael Reynolds, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, and Executive Director of the Center for Fiction, Noreen Tomassi, for an informal online conversation about Ferrante’s novels and the HBO adaption of My Brilliant Friend.

This conversation will be followed by an exclusive reading by Ann Goldstein from Ferrante’s new novel, The Lying Life of Adults. Then, stay with us in our virtual “living Zoom” as we watch My Brilliant Friend episode 4, a pivotal episode in the series and the first to be directed by the acclaimed Italian director, Alice Rohrwacher.

+ Elena Ferrante titles are 10% off at our online bookstore! Order today!



Monday April 6 beginning at 9:15pm

  • 9:15pm (EST): Start (click on your Zoom link, which will be sent shortly before start time)

  • 9:15-9:50: Conversation and Q&A via “chat”

  • 9:50-10:00: Reading from The Lying Life of Adults

  • 10:00-11:00: Our Brilliant Friends Watch Party live from our virtual Living Zoom. Stay on the line as we watch episode 4 together, commenting via Zoom chat. (Viewing the episode requires an HBO subscription. We will NOT be streaming the episode via Zoom. During this segment, video and audio will be off, but Zoom “chat” will be on for comments, questions, cheers, and gasps)


Please Note

  • The Lying Life of Adults can be preordered at The Center for Fiction Bookstore for 10% off

  • This event will be recorded and available to anyone who RSVPs from April 7

  • A transcript of questions asked and comments made both during the conversion and during the airing of the episode will be available to all participants

  • All participants (except the speakers and readers) will be automatically muted during the Zoom call. But muted doesn’t mean silenced! Use Zoom’s chat function to interact with each other, with the group, and with the designated speakers

This event is co-sponsored by Europa Editions and The Center for Fiction.

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