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(Kent, Connecticut) –Kent Memorial Library and House of Books invite you to join them as acclaimed author André Aciman (Call Me By Your Name, Find Me) presents his latest book, Homo Irrealis. He’ll be in conversation with David Nasaw (author of The Last Million).This Zoom event will take place on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. Zoom link provided upon registration.

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Irrealis moods are a category of verbal moods that indicate that certain events have not happened, may never happen, or should or must or are indeed desired to happen, but for which there is no indication that they will ever happen. Irrealis moods are also known as counterfactual moods and include the conditional, the subjunctive, the optative, and the imperative—all best expressed in this book as the might-be and the might-have-been.

One of the great prose stylists of his generation, André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis to explore what time means to artists who cannot grasp life in the present. Irrealis moods are not about the present or the past or the future; they are about what might have been but never was but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, C. P. Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection on the imagination’s power to forge a zone outside of time’s intractable hold.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for Zoom login information.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to houseofbooksct.com.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.