Partner Events, Summer 2024

LRB Screen x MUBI: ‘First Cow’

Monday 15 July 2024, 20:00
The Garden Cinema, London

LRB Screen, the London Review Bookshop’s long-running film series, continues its exploration of the art of literary-cinematic adaptation in partnership with MUBI.

We head west, next, for First Cow, an invigorating spin on US origin myths by the outstanding auteur-director Kelly Reichardt. Loosely adapted by Reichardt and her regular writing partner Jonathan Raymond from the latter’s 2004 novel The Half-Life, it maintains the luminously photographed but deliberately understated approach of her earlier, Oregon-set masterworks Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, while developing the historical engagement she’d initiated with Meek’s Cutoff. Siding instinctively with working class figures and the socially, economically or ethnically marginalised, Reichardt’s 1820s buddy/road (or foot) movie pairs-up a former trapper and a Chinese fugitive, with a business plan to make mouthwatering cookies for frontier settlements. The recipe requires fresh milk, though, which the cow belonging to pompous local bigwig the Chief Factor may just be able to provide...

We’re delighted to announce that our guest for the evening will be Kelly Reichardt’s regular collaborator, Jonathan Raymond, who co-wrote First Cow’s screenplay and is the author of the novel it is based on. He’ll introduce the film, and discuss it in a Q&A afterwards, via video link.

James Baldwin: Notes on a Native Son

Saturday 3 August 2024, 19:30
Bold Tendencies, Peckham

A one-off collaboration between Bold Tendencies, the arts programme that pops up in a multi-storey car park in Peckham every summer, and the London Review of Books, to celebrate James Baldwin as an essayist, on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Tackling subjects ranging from life in 1940s Harlem to movies, novels, his relationship with his father and his experiences in Paris, the ten essays that comprise Notes of a Native Son capture the complexity of Black experience at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement with ‘straight from the shoulder writing about the problems of this troubled earth’ (Langston Hughes).

Resonant passages from these and other essays by Baldwin will be read and discussed by writers and artists including Nicholas Boggs, Rhea Dillon, Ekow Eshun, Deborah LevyMendez, Caleb Azumah Nelson and Liam Sangmuah. And anybody else who wishes to speak.

Part of The Fire Next Time!, a whole weekend of Baldwin centenary events at Bold Tendencies.

The Last Days of Franz K, with Tobias Menzies and James McVinnie

Wednesday 21 August 2024, 19:00
St Andrew’s Church, Holborn

After a sell-out performance at this year’s Hay Festival, this is the first London date for an evening of readings and music to mark the centenary of Kafka’s death.

Inspired by the ways in which LRB writers – from Alan Bennett to Patricia Lockwood, Rivka Galchen to Adam Phillips – have thought about Kafka over the years, and by the publication of the first complete, uncensored English translation of his diaries.

The evening will feature readings by the Emmy award-winning actor Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Crown) interspersed with music from Max Richter’s album The Blue Notebooks – itself inspired by Kafka’s journals – performed by the celebrated organist and pianist, James McVinnie.

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