4th of July

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Le Conversazioni: Portraits of America with Elizabeth Strout
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Elizabeth Strout, Antonio Monda (moderator)
Thu, December 14th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)


Throughout her prolific career, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Strout—described by the Boston Globe as one of “our most grace-filled, and graceful, writers”—has showcased a diverse cast of characters and settings that emulate the rich tapestry of America. Providing a window into the personal struggles, tensions, and triumphs that shape how families and communities rally and evolve, her body of work underscores the anxieties that impact the greater national mood. In an intimate conversation, Strout illuminates the themes prevalent in her writing—including shared experience and interconnectivity, generational conflict, small-town versus urban attitudes, and perseverance through adversity—and how they reflect America's contemporary sociopolitical landscape.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, which was adapted into an HBO miniseries. Her most recent book is Anything is Possible. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival.

Presented as part of Le Conversazioni in partnership with Dazzle Communications and CPW Conversaitons.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Presented in partnership with Dazzle Communication and CPW Conversations. Presented under the patronage of MiBACT Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Major support has been provided by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana (media partner) and Persol (main sponsor). Additional support has been provided by Ferrero, Terna, Salini Impregilo, and Acea (official sponsors).

Creative: Tronvig Group