In The End of Eddy and History of Violence, a pair of brutally honest auto-fictions, Louis chronicled his difficult childhood growing up gay in a working-class town in Northern France marked by homophobia, classism, and violence. Now turning to nonfiction, Louis recounts his return home to make peace with his father. Only fifty but debilitated by a job-related injury, the man who once mocked Louis for his failure to meet the norms of traditional masculinity has become weak and helpless. As the two come to a late understanding, Louis issues a passionate denunciation of the state policies that lead to the early deaths of men like his father.
Louis will be in conversation with Martha Anne Toll, regular book critic for NPR and Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund, a philanthropic organization supporting advocacy to prevent and end homelessness and reform the criminal justice system.
With support from Alliance Française.
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