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‘Once in one’s lifetime.’ How a beloved novel came to print and screen

Apr 13, 2018

You hear of situations where a book comes to a writer in a torrent. In this talk, writer André Aciman tells such a story about his well-loved novel, “Call Me By Your Name,” published in 2007.

Aciman’s book came to renewed acclaim, and some controversy, when the film adaptation became a phenomenon last year. The acclaim: The movie was nominated for multiple awards and won an Academy Award for screenwriter James Ivory. The controversy: Some raised age-of-consent issues about the relationship between 17 year-old Elio and his lover, 24-year-old Oliver.

Aciman is a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. He was interviewed by Dave Wheeler of Shelf Awareness at The Elliott Bay Book Company on February 26.

Please note: This recording contains themes of an adult nature.