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West Hollywood to host ‘Call Me by Your Name’ author

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will feature André Aciman, best-selling novelist of “Call Me by Your Name,” which was the basis of the critically acclaimed Oscar-nominated film of the same name, at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

The event is part of the city’s WeHo Reads author series that features new and noteworthy authors throughout the year.

Aciman is currently distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust. He is the author of several novels, including “Call Me by Your Name” (a winner in the gay fiction category of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award) and a 1995 memoir, “Out of Egypt,” which won a Whiting Award.

He previously taught creative writing at New York University and French literature at Princeton and Bard College. In 2009 he was visiting distinguished writer at Wesleyan University.

“Call Me by Your Name” was released in 2007. It is about a love affair between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old American-Italian-Jewish boy and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar in 1980s Italy. The novel chronicles their summer romance and the 20 years that follow.

Reviewing “Call Me by Your Name” for the New York Times, Stacey D’Erasmo called the novel “an exceptionally beautiful book.” Writing in the New Yorker, Cynthia Zarin said, “Aciman’s first novel shows him to be an acute grammarian of desire.”

In the Washington Post, Charles Kaiser said, “If you have ever been the willing victim of obsessive love — a force greater than yourself that pulls you inextricably toward the object of your desire — you will recognize every nuance of André Aciman’s superb new novel, “Call Me by Your Name.”

The WeHo Reads author series is presented by the city’s WeHo Arts program, Book Soup and the West Hollywood Library. The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure. There also will be a book sale and signing event, hosted by Book Soup, following the conversation.

Upcoming spring WeHo Reads events include Chelsey Johnson in conversation with Carrie Brownstein, March 22 at 7 p.m., Sebastian Galvez in “An Evening with Tennessee Williams” March 28 at 7 p.m.,

West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower curating a poetry reading, “Route 66 Through the Eyes of Poets;” April 25 at 7 p.m. as part of National Poetry Month, and Lillian Faderman discussing her book “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,” May 30 at 7 p.m. as part of WeHo Reads and One City One Pride.

Information: Michael Che, arts coordinator, at (323) 848-6377.


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