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At the Existentialist Café

Flying Books and Knopf Canada present Sarah Bakewell and her book At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Together we will ponder Being-in-the-world, the Other, freedom and responsibility, and drink an apricot cocktail or two (or three).

Featuring an on-stage conversation among:

Sarah Bakewell speaking on behalf of Jean-Paul Sartre (“There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”)

Emily M. Keeler speaking on behalf of Simone de Beauvoir (“Let but the future be opened to her, and she will no longer be compelled to linger in the present.”)

Russell Smith on behalf of Albert Camus (“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”)

Wednesday April 13, 6:00 PM
The Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W.

At the Existentialist Café, Sarah Bakewell’s group portrait of Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, and the other ‘Continental’ philosophers who flourished before and after World War II, is a work of deep intelligence and sympathy, reminding us how exciting those thinkers can be. And it’s a page-turner.” — Lorin Stein, The Paris Review

SARAH BAKEWELL had a wandering childhood in Europe, Australia and England. After studying at the University of Essex, she was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer. Her book on Montaigne, How to Live, won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bakewell lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogues rare book collections for the National Trust.

EMILY M. KEELER is a senior editor at The Walrus. She is formerly the Books Editor of the National Post, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, Maisonneuve, and Hazlitt. In 2012, Emily founded the award-winning literary magazine Little Brother, which publishes two issues per year.

RUSSELL SMITH is one of Canada’s sharpest and funniest writers. In his books, including How Insensitive, Girl Crazy, and Muriella Pent, he captures urban frenzy and exciting underworlds with a slyly urbane twist. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. His most recent book, Confidence, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the Giller Prize.

Earlier Event: March 4
Sheila Heti at Flying Books