In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer. Over the next four years--in which Ritvo's illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed--the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection. Reincarnation, books, the afterlife as an Amtrak quiet car, good soup: in Ruhl and Ritvo's correspondence, all ideas are fair, nourishing game, shared and debated in a spirit of generosity and love."We'll always know one another forever, however long ever is," Ritvo writes. "And that's all I want--is to know you forever." Studded with poems and songs, Letters from Max is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife.
Sarah joins us on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm to discuss this book--also the October selection of our Mortality Book Club (and this event also serves as the October meeting of the Mortality Book Club, but you don't have to be a regular to come).
If you can't make it, you can still pre-order a signed copy of the book online or by calling the store at 224-999-7722.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201