February 23, 2010
At the opening of André Aciman's new novel, Eight White Nights, a young woman introduces herself to the unnamed narrator by saying, “I am Clara” setting in motion an obsession with this fascinating and unreachable woman. Meeting every evening over the following seven days at the same cinema in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, they both navigate the desire to ask for and to express love as their relationship becomes all the more intense and enigmatic.
André Aciman is the author of Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt, and False Papers, and is the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Paul LeClerc is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Public Library, which consists of 91 libraries that serve a more varied set of constituencies and has the broadest mission of any library in the nation. He is the author or co-editor of five scholarly volumes on writers of the French Enlightenment and his contributions to French culture earned him the Order of the Academic Palms (Officier) in 1989 and the French Legion of Honor (Chevalier) in 1996. Dr. LeClerc is currently a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, Union College, and The National Book Foundation.
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