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Amor Towles, "Rules of Civility"

The Art of Civility: A Conversation between Amor Towles and Jock Reynolds

Amor Towles, B.A. 1987, discusses his New York Times–bestselling debut novel Rules of Civility (Penguin, 2011), a tale of a watershed year in the life of the fiercely intelligent Katey Kontent, a twenty-something Manhattanite navigating the jazz clubs, boardrooms, boarding houses, and high-rises of Depression-era New York City.

Long a friend of the Yale University Art Gallery, and passionate about early 20th-century art, Towles will discuss how the art of the 1930s, represented in the Gallery’s collection by the work of Stuart Davis and Walker Evans, served to inspire the framing of the novel and to provide a thematic current for Katey’s pivotal encounters and conscious choices in love, career, and friendship that determine her course for years to come. A reception and book signing sponsored by R. J. Julia Booksellers of Madison, Connecticut, will follow.

This event is FREE. Contact the Yale University Art Gallery, 203-432-0600 for more information.


Event Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven
ISBN: 9780670022694
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books - July 26th, 2011