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Miranda July — All Fours - with Barrie Hardymon — at Conn Ave

Location 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
Date Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 7:00 pm, renowned artist and author Miranda July will be in conversation with Barrie Hardymon, the senior editor for NPR's Investigations team, at an upcoming event in Washington, D.C. This event promises to be a captivating exploration of July's second novel, "All Fours," which has been praised for its unique approach to fiction. Miranda July's "All Fours" tells the story of a semi-famous artist who, after announcing her plan to drive cross-country from LA to NY, spontaneously exits the freeway and immerses herself in an entirely different journey. With July's signature wry voice, perfect comic timing, and unabashed curiosity about human intimacy, the novel transcends expectations and excavates our beliefs about the life of a forty-five-year-old female artist. Described as part absurd entertainment and part tender reinvention of the sexual, romantic, and domestic life, "All Fours" promises to be a thought-provoking and engaging read. Miranda July is a renowned writer, filmmaker, and artist, whose debut novel, "The First Bad Man," was an instant New York Times bestseller, and her collection of stories, "No One Belongs Here More Than You," won the prestigious Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has also appeared in prestigious publications such as The Paris Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker. Joining Miranda July in conversation is Barrie Hardymon, a respected figure in the world of public radio. Hardymon is the senior editor for NPR's Investigations team and has a diverse background, having studied viola at Juilliard, worked as a cashier at the Strand, and ultimately found her calling in public radio. Hardymon is a frequent panelist on NPR's popular podcasts, "It's Been A Minute" and "Pop Culture Happy Hour," and is known for her insightful discussions on a wide range of topics, from classic literature to contemporary fiction. This event is free and open to the public, with first-come, first-served seating. Whether you're a fan of Miranda July's work or simply interested in exploring the intersection of art, literature, and the human experience, this event promises to be a captivating and thought-provoking evening. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the dynamic exchange between these two remarkable individuals as they delve into the depths of "All Fours" and the creative process that brought it to life.

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