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Thalia Book Club: Joan Didion's Blue Nights
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This program was recorded 11/30/2011 at Symphony Space.

Joan Didion discusses her deeply moving new memoir about her daughter, and her own fears and thoughts about growing old, in her first book since the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. As with that memoir, in her new one, Didion confides and confronts her fears, frailties, and sorrows about her life as she looks back and forward.  In conversation with her nephew Griffin Dunne (After Hours).


"Time passes. Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember."—Blue Nights

+ About the Artists

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of eight previous books of nonfiction: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami, After Henry, Political Fictions, Where I Was From, and The Year of Magical Thinking. Her novels include Run, River, Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, Democracy, and The Last Thing He Wanted. Didion is also the author of several screenplays including A Star is Born and Up Close & Personal. Her collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, was published by Everyman’s Library in 2006. Her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking was awarded the National Book Award and was adapted into a play starring Vanessa Redgrave. In 2007, Didion received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Evelyn F. Burkey Award from the Writers Guild of America. Her most recent book, Blue Nights, was released this month.

Griffin Dunne is an actor, director, producer and filmmaker. His many film credits include An American Werewolf in London, Johnny Dangerously, After Hours, Who's That Girl, My Girl, Quiz Show and I Like It Like That. He made his directorial debut with a short film, Duke of Groove, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. In addition, he directed Addicted to Love, Practical Magic, a recent episode of The Good Wife and the upcoming Movie 43.  His many television roles include recent appearances on The Good Wife, How to Make it in America, Damages, Trust Me and the forthcoming series House of Lies.    

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