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(Offsite Partner Event) Partner Event with the London Library: Utopia and the City

Thu March 21 @ 20 h 00 - 21 h 00

In partnership with The London Library, join us for an offsite event to explore the revolutionary histories of our respective cities with two acclaimed authors, Niall Kishtainy and Adam Thirlwell.

Cities are sites of imagination, where ideas are born and tested, revolution bubbles under the surface and dreamers dream utopian dreams. In partnership with The London Library, explore the revolutionary histories of our respective cities with two acclaimed authors, Niall Kishtainy and Adam Thirlwell, whose latest books tell the stories of visionary pasts and fantastical futures.

In his new work of non-fiction, The Infinite City, Niall Kishtainy celebrates London as the capital of utopian thought. Taking us from the sixteenth century into COVID lockdowns, he draws us into the imaginative worlds of Thomas More, the Diggers, William Morris, Extinction Rebellion protestors and many others who drew might from the city around them and fought for their ideologies in an increasingly transforming world.

The Future, Future, Adam Thirlwell’s latest novel, begins with Celine in Paris in 1775. Forced to navigate a society ruled by men high on colonial genocide, natural destruction and crimes against women, she embarks on a mission to change the world, via the French revolution, the Haitian revolution, American independence, her own utopian dreams and into an extraplanetary future.

In conversation with Emilie Biggs of the American Library in Paris, they discuss utopian dreams and the city, revolutionary history and the future future.

About the speakers:

Niall Kishtainy started his working life in the British civil service, going on to work as a Middle East analyst and researcher, then as an economic adviser to development agencies in Ethiopia, Albania and the Palestinian Territories. After working as a journalist in Cairo, he studied economics as a graduate and began writing about the history of economic thinking and economic struggles of the past. He has given courses in economics and economic history at the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick. He is the author of A Little History of Economics, which has been sold in over twenty languages.

Adam Thirlwell is the author of three previous novels, PoliticsThe Escape and Lurid & Cute and a book of essays, Miss Herbert and his work has been translated into thirty languages. His essays appear in the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, and he is an advisory editor of the Paris Review. His awards include a Somerset Maugham Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2018 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has twice been selected by Granta as one of their Best of Young British Novelists.

Emilie Biggs is Programs Manager at the American Library in Paris. Currently completing her Master’s degree at the École Normale Supérieure, she specializes in 20th-century French philosophy.

Important information: This event will take place in person at The London Library and will be livestreamed. Please book your ticket through The London Library. For a free online ticket, use the code ALPonline at checkout.

The livestream will begin on YouTube from 8.30PM CET and will be available to watch live or at any time after the event, using the same link. Links will be sent out just before the event.

Access to this event requires registration through The London Library. Click on the button below to reserve your place.


Thu March 21
20 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min
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The London Library
14 St James's Square
London, London SW1Y 4LB United Kingdom
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(Offsite Partner Event) Partner Event with the London Library: Utopia and the City
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