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The Topeka School: Ben Lerner in conversation

Tuesday 5th November 2019 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event


‘A novel of exhilarating intellectual inquiry, penetrating social insight and deep psychological sensitivity... To the extent that we can speak of a future at present, I think the future of the novel is here’

—Sally Rooney, author of Normal People & Conversations with Friends


Feted American author Ben Lerner comes to Foyles to discuss his masterful, highly-anticipated third novel The Topeka School with literary journalist Alex Clark.

Adam Gordon is a senior student in the class of ’97 at Topeka High School. A popular debater, orator and aspiring poet, things begins to unravel when he is involved in a situation in which one of the school outsiders is invited into the centre of the social scene—with disastrous consequences. 

One of the most eagerly-awaited novels of the Autumn, The Topeka School is a brave and engrossing novel exploring toxic masculinity, mental illness, the challenges involved in raising ‘good’ young men, and how the political atmosphere of the 90s paved the way to a Trumpian future.

The event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.


Tickets: £20 including a copy of The Topeka School (RRP £16.99) / £8 standard / £5 Foyalty member*. When purchasing a Foyalty or Student ticket, you'll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you.

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

*Not a Foyalty member but would like to gain access to discounted tickets, exclusive offers and giveaways? Click here to register free today!




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