At Home with Literati: Will Schwalbe & Min Jin Lee

Monday, March 13, 2023 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Will Schwalbe to our At Home with Literati Series in support of We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship.

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" We Should Not Be Friends is as funny, warm, brutally honest and entertaining as it is profound. It's unlike any memoir I've ever read. Maxey and Schwalbe show us that our hearts are far bigger and more accommodating than we ever would have imagined." --Louise Penny, best-selling author the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels

A warm, funny, irresistible book that follows an improbable and life-changing college friendship over the course of forty years--from the best-selling author of The End of Your Life Book Club

By the time Will Schwalbe was a junior at college, he had already met everyone he cared to know: the theater people, writers, visual artists and comp lit majors, and various other quirky characters including the handful of students who shared his own major, Latin and Greek. He also knew exactly who he wanted to avoid: the jocks. The jocks wore baseball caps and moved in packs, filling boisterous tables in the dining hall, and on the whole seemed to be another species entirely, one Will might encounter only at his own peril.

All this changed dramatically when Will collided with Chris Maxey, known to just about everyone as Maxey. Maxey was physically imposing, loud, and a star wrestler who was determined to become a Navy SEAL (where he would later serve for six years). Thanks to the strangely liberating circumstances of a little-known secret society at Yale, the two forged a bond that would become a mainstay of each other's lives as they repeatedly lost and found each other and themselves in the years after graduation.

From New Haven to New York City, from Hong Kong and Panama to a remarkable school on an island in the Bahamas--through marriages and a divorce, triumphs and devastating losses-- We Should Not Be Friends tracks an extraordinary friendship over decades of challenge and change. Schwalbe's marvelous new work is, at its heart, a joyful testament to the miracle of human connection--and how if we can just get past our preconceptions, we may find some of our greatest friends.

Will Schwalbe has worked in book publishing (currently as an editor at Macmillan); in digital media; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of Books for Living, The End of Your Life Book Club, and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send. He lives in New York.

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Lee is the recipient of the 2022 Manhae Grand Prize for Literature from South Korea, the 2022 Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award, and the 2022 Samsung Happiness for Tomorrow Award for Creativity and fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is an inductee of the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame and the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Lee is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and serves as a trustee of PEN America and a director of the Authors Guild. She is at work on her third novel, American Hagwon and a nonfiction work, Name Recognition.​

 

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We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship By Will Schwalbe Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525654933
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Published: Knopf - February 21st, 2023

Books for Living: Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life By Will Schwalbe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

The End of Your Life Book Club (Basic) By Will Schwalbe Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781594136481
Published: Large Print Press - July 6th, 2013

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) By Min Jin Lee Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017