NWS Virtual Event: Dwight Garner with "Garner's Quotations"

Dwight Garner, a book critic with the New York Times, is sharing other writers’ words in his new book, Garner’s Quotations: A Modern Miscellany.

He calls this new collection selections from his “commonplace book.” “It’s where I write down favorite sentences from novels, stories, poems and songs, from plays and movies, from overheard conversations,” he writes in the foreword. “Lines that made me sit up in my seat; lines that jolted me awake. About once a year, I’ll say something I think is worthy of inclusion. I mostly end up deleting those entries.”

He’s admittedly not usually a big fan of books of quotations, but says Garner’s Quotations “is an attempt to break with the convention.” He has included just a small part of “the material I’ve hoarded” and has arranged them “by feel,” not category. And the book is, he says with glee, a bit coarse, with more blasphemy than the usual books of quotations.

The book is a rollicking, irreverent, amazingly alive selection of unforgettable moments from forty years of wide and deep reading. Garner’s Quotations is like no commonplace book you’ll ever read. If you’ve ever wondered what’s really going on in the world of letters today, this book will make you sit up and take notice. Unputdownable!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780374279196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2020

A selection of favorite quotes that the celebrated literary critic has collected over the decades.