Benjamin Moser presents highlights from his new biography of writer Susan Sontag. Sontag: Her Life and Work is the first book based on her restricted archives. Moser also had access to people who had never spoken about Sontag, including her partner, photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Sontag (1933–2004) is considered emblematic of the 20th century. Mythologized and misunderstood, loved and loathed, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, and much more. Her experiences encompassed many worlds, from the Cuban Revolution and fall of the Berlin Wall to Vietnam, Israel, Sarajevo, New York, and beyond. Her writing offers a key to modern culture.

A book signing and reception follow.

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About the Author
Born in Houston, Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. A former columnist for Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times Book Review, Moser has also written for Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Review of Books, and the New Yorker.

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