Book Passage / ExtendedSession Present

Olivia Laing

Celebrating the release of

Everybody: A Book About Freedom

Recorded: 05/04/2021

Book Passage / ExtendedSession Present

Olivia Laing

Celebrating the release of

Everybody: A Book About Freedom

Recorded: 05/04/2021

Join widely acclaimed author Olivia Laing live, to celebrate the release of her new book Everybody: A Book About Freedom.

“Astute and consistently surprising critic “ (NPR) Olivia Laing investigates the body and its discontents through the great freedom movements of the twentieth century.

Join Olivia Laing live and online at a special day and time. Discover how in Everybody — her ambitious, brilliant new book book —she charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Olivia grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century―among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X.

Despite its many burdens, the body remains a source of power, even in an era as technologized and automated as our own. Arriving at a moment in which basic bodily rights are once again imperiled, Everybody is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

Olivia Laing

About Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer.  She’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2018 was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. She’s the author of To the RiverThe Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City, which has been translated into 17 languages and sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Her first novel, Crudo, is a real-time account of the turbulent summer of 2017. It was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and a New York Times notable book of 2018 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. Laing’s writing about art & culture appears in the GuardianFinancial Times and frieze, among many other publications.

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