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Geoff Dyer

The Last Days of Roger Federer

Geoff Dyer’s many books include Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, and three previous novels, as well as nine nonfiction books, including But Beautiful (about jazz), Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, and, most recently, The Last Days of Roger Federer. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have won numerous prizes and have been translated into twenty-four languages. Born in England, he lives in Los Angeles where he is writer in residence at the University of Southern California. 

In the ingeniously structured meditation The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings, Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last works of writers, painters, musicians, and sports stars who’ve mattered to him throughout his life. This study of the careers of athletes, writers, and artists coming to an end shows how we come to appreciate certain works of art more when set against a consciousness of the deepening twilight. 

October 30, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Sunday

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Geoff Dyer + Sarah Krasnostein

In the ingeniously structured meditation The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings, Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last works of writers, painters, musicians, and sports stars who’ve mattered to him throughout his life. This study of the careers of athletes, writers, and artists coming to an end shows how we come to appreciate certain works of art more when set against a consciousness of the deepening twilight.

The Believer begins with a Mennonite choir performing on a subway platform, a fleeting moment of witness that sets the author on a fascinating journey to discover why people need to believe in absolute truths and what happens when their beliefs crash into her own. By turns devastating and uplifting, these interwoven profiles will leave you convinced that the most ordinary-seeming people are often the most remarkable and that deep and abiding commonalities can be found within the greatest differences.

Ron Robinson Theater, 2:30-3:30 p.m.