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Hanya Yanagihara
To Paradise is a transcendent, visionary novel of stunning scope and depth. A novel so layered, so rich, so relevant, so full of the joys and terrors—the pure mystery—of human life, is not only rare, it’s revolutionary.”
—Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours
Thu, Jan 20, 2022
A Conversation with Hanya Yanagihara
Talks | Literary

In conversation with Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times
Launch of To Paradise
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


Hanya Yanagihara, author of the highly acclaimed and modern- day classic A Little Life, comes to BAM for the launch of To Paradise. A bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, To Paradise is about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia. Yanagihara will be joined in conversation by Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times. A book signing with Yanagihara will follow.

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. To Paradise is a fin de siècle novel of marvelous literary effect, but above all it is a work of emotional genius.

Tue Dec 21
BAM Members & Patrons
Wed Dec 22
General Public
60min, followed by a signing with Hanya Yanagihara

ALL TICKETS:  $30 access only; $45 with book

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.


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Thursday January 20, 2022
Performances no longer available.

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