Ben Lerner: The Topeka School

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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Ben Lerner appears to discuss The Topeka School, a family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century that follows a famous feminist analyst, an expert psychologist working with “lost boys” and a high school senior immersed in a culture of toxic masculinity.

Told through shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is a novelistic exercise in ethnographic inquiry. As Lerner scrutinizes the past (the similarities between his upbringing and his characters aren’t contested) with the keen observation of both an insider and outsider, he studies the interconnection between private and public discourse, individual and collective complicity.

Hailed by Claudia Rankine as “Lerner’s most essential and provocative creation yet”; this searing, original novel traverses America's political landscape through a well-intentioned white family contemplating the question: how did we get here?

Hear Ben Lerner discuss The Topeka School with Linda Spalding.


Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.




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Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.




This event is part of our signature literary series The Appel Salon, where we host local and international authors in conversation about their new books and big ideas. The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Check out the full lineup at tpl.ca/appelsalon

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789 Yonge Street

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Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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