WASHINGTON — The Gunn Memorial Library and Hickory Stick Bookshop will host author Johnathan Galassi to discuss his latest book, “School Days” in conversation with Joseph Montebello, a longtime freelance writer for the Litchfield County Times. The program will take place on Zoom.
According to a statement, “Galassi’s new book lifts the lid on the dynamics of a private school in 1960s Connecticut and reveals a world of privilege and scholarship on the brink of revolution. Galassi weaves a story that asks fundamental questions about love and sex, friendship and rivalry, desire and power, and the age-old dance of benevolence and attraction between teacher and student. In this coming-of-age tale that navigates between gay crushes and the politics of an elite community, the mysterious behavior of a brilliant classics teacher fascinates his students until the charges against him come to light. begin to emerge. Capturing the heady friendships and rivalries of childhood, the pressures of growing up in the closet, and the very sober realities of sex and sexual misconduct, School Days wades through waters laden with privilege, legacy, and memory for deliver a deeply observed portrait.