In the year that marks the centenary of JD Salinger’s birth, join us at Waterstones Piccadilly to celebrate the life and works of one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th Century.

The evening will include a discussion and audience Q&A with his son, Matt Salinger, in conversation with Erica Wagner, as well as readings from special guests, Gwendoline Riley and Sam Jordison, celebrating Salinger’s work, from  Catcher in the Rye to the Glass Family.

 

Gwendoline Riley is the author of five novels, and a collection of short stories. Her latest novel, First Love (Granta Books, 2017) was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize.

Sam Jordison is the co-director of the award-winning independent publisher, Galley Beggar Press. He is the author of a host of titles, including the Crap Towns series and Enemies of the People, and writes a regular column for The Guardian.

Erica Wagner will be chairing the discussion with Matt Salinger. Erica is an author, interviewer, and lecturer whose works have appeared across Europe. She has appeared on the Man Booker judging panel twice, and reviews regularly for The New York Times.

  • The Catcher in the Rye

  • In honour of the centennial of the birth of J.D. Salinger in 1919, Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions - with artwork and text based on the very first Salinger editions published in the 1950s and 1960s.

    The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield...

    One of the greatest American novels of all time, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.

    'A perfect novel ... it changed US culture forever' Independent

    'It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him' Martin Amis

    'He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was' Sunday Times

    'His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now' Dave Eggers

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  • For Esmé - with Love and Squalor

  • In honour of the centennial of the birth of J.D. Salinger in 1919, Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions - with artwork and text based on the very first Salinger editions published in the 1950s and 1960s.

    A collection of nine exceptional stories from one of the great American voices of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane and frequently affecting, For Esmé - with Love and Squalor sits alongside Salinger's very best work - a gem that will be passed down for many generations to come.

    'The most perfectly balanced collection of stories I know' Ann Patchett

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