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Longtime Santa Monica Resident Christopher Isherwood Subject of Panel Discussion

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August 11, 2015 -- Writer Christopher Isherwood, whose work has had an enduring influence on the culture of his adopted country after settling in Santa Monica, will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Santa Monica Public Library this month.

Isherwood's “Berlin Stories” served as source material for the Oscar-winning movie “Cabaret,” and his novel “A Single Man” was adopted into an Oscar nominated film. His writings influenced a young Truman Capote and he collaborated with Aldus Huxley on several projects.

The discussion, which will take place Saturday, August 22, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, will focus on the new book “The American Isherwood” and will feature co-editors James J. Berg and Chris Freeman.

The collection of essays considers Isherwood's diaries, which run to more than one million words and cover half a century, his vast personal archive and his published works, and “offers a multifaceted appreciation of a writer who spent more than half of his life in Southern California,” according to the book's publisher the University of Minnesota Press.

“The editors have brought together the most informative scholarship of the twenty-first century to illuminate the craft of one of the singular figures of the twentieth century,” the publishers said.

Isherwood, who became an American Citizen in 1946, settled in Santa Monica in the early 1940s and lived in the bayside city with his partner, the painter Don Bachardy,  until his death in 1986. Bachardy, who met Isherwood in 1953, will take part in the panel discussion.

Other participants include filmmakers Tina Mascara and Guido Santi, whose award-winning biographical film “Chris & Don: A Love Story” tells the couple's story, and  writer Carola M. Kaplan.

A book sale and signing follows the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


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