EVENT: HANYA YANAGIHARA - To Paradise

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
Ticketed
Offsite Location
901 Trinity Street
Austin, TX 78701

EVENT GUIDELINES

  • Tickets are required to join this in-person event and are available exclusively through Eventbrite.
  • Refunds are available up to 7 days before the event. 
  • This event will take place at First Baptist Church, Austin. 
  • This offsite venue will be operating at a limited capacity until further notice. 
  • Our check-in station will be located at the front entrance. We will scan your ticket’s barcode upon arrival. 
  • You will receive your copy of the book at check in on the day of the event. 
  • Doors will open at 6PM and the event will begin at 7:00PM 
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. This signing line is limited to books only. 
  • Masks are required at all times and must be worn properly over the mouth and nose. 
  • BookPeople reserves the right of cancelling or postponing this event if covid protocols require it. 
  • There won’t be a live stream or recording available. 
  • If you have any other questions please email us at online@bookpeople.com

About To Paradise

From the author of the classic A Little Life—a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist’s damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him—and solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearances.
 
These three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another: A townhouse in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village; illness, and treatments that come at a terrible cost; wealth and squalor; the weak and the strong; race; the definition of family, and of nationhood; the dangerous righteousness of the powerful, and of revolutionaries; the longing to find a place in an earthly paradise, and the gradual realization that it can’t exist. What unites not just the characters, but these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: Fear. Love. Shame. Need. Loneliness.
 
To Paradise is a fin de siecle novel of marvelous literary effect, but above all it is a work of emotional genius.  The great power of this remarkable novel is driven by Yanagihara’s understanding of the aching desire to protect those we love—partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even our fellow citizens—and the pain that ensues when we cannot.


About Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.


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