Washington Library, bookstore to host the author, journalist for a conversation about the book

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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.

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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.

Galassi is the president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a former poetry editor for the Paris Review, a former president of the Academy of American Poets, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Threepenny Review and The Nation. He has published three books of poetry and translations of poetry by Eugenio Montale, Giacomo Leopardi and Primo Levi. Her first novel, Muse, was published in 2015.

Montebello is a freelance writer and longtime contributor to Litchfield Magazine and has written for The Litchfield County Times, Berkshire Style, Bedford Magazine, Rural Intelligence, Main Street and AARP Magazine. He writes on many different subjects, including design and architecture. He has also written numerous profiles on people in the arts, including Dani Shapiro, Frank Delaney, Roxanna Robinson, Agnes Gund, Ann Leary, Laurie Simmons, Marsha Mason, Peter Gallagher, and Christine Baranski. For several years he hosted the book show “Between the Covers” on WAPJ in Torrington and on WVOX in New Rochelle. He moderates the conversations of authors in local libraries. He is the former vice president and chief creative officer at HarperCollins Publishers, where he also had an imprint called HarperStyle. There he published books by Annie Leibovitz, Carolyne Roehm, Fleur Cowles and Vicente Wolf, among others.

This virtual program will be held on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on April 21. Registration is required and can be found at www.gunnlibrary.org/programs. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

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