BELFAST — Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast invites the public to join them Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m., for a talk by author and Queens College English professor Briallen Hopper.
Hopper is celebrating the release of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, a collection of essays on love and friendship. Each essay draws from Hopper’s personal experience and manages to be both funny and wise, peppered with references to highbrow and lowbrow culture, according to Left Bank Books, in a news release .
Her insights into the work of Joan Didion and Flannery O’Connor sit next to commentary on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Hard to Love is about self-reliance, unbreakable female friendships, being single, dealing with difficult roommates, relationships with siblings as adults, tricky relationships with parents, and even Hopper’s quest to
become a mother via sperm donor (it’s Moby-Dick as you’ve never seen it, according to Left Bank Books).
Hopper values each of these complicated and underappreciated relationships, and provides reminders that people can be surrounded by love, even those who are romantically unattached.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hopper explained that, “in many ways the ‘single versus partnered’ divide has come to seem less and less important as a way of thinking about love and
connection. Obviously it matters for huge things like taxes, health care, immigration, custody. But when I think about my life, and my friends’ lives, more and more of these questions — [about] how to seek and find emotional and material support, how to move from youth to midlife, how to make meaning and keep going — are common, regardless of relationship status. All of us. . . are having to do the work of figuring out how to find and sustain love and connection beyond the marriage plot.”
At Queens College, Hopper teaches creative nonfiction, journalism, popular culture, religion, and American literature. She holds a doctorate in American literature from Princeton, and attended divinity school and taught
writing at Yale.
Her writing has appeared in HuffPost, Longreads, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Paris Review and The Washington Post, among many other print and on-line publications.
Reservations for the free talk and signing are strongly encouraged.
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (207-338-9009) Left Bank Books to reserve a seat. Left Bank Books is located at 109 Church Street, in downtown Belfast, in the historic Opera House building. Ample parking is
available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.