‘Call Me By Your Name’ author André Aciman to speak in West Hollywood

The gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” is nominated for four Academy Awards. Photo: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom/Sony Pictures Classics

WEST HOLLYWOOD — “Call Me By Your Name” author André Aciman, whose best-selling novel is the basis of the the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film of the same name, will discuss his book next week as part the city’s WeHo Reads program.


The free event will take place February 23 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library in the City’s Council Chambers-Public Meeting Room.

Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure. A book sale and signing event will follow the conversation.

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The book “Call Me By Your Name” was released in 2007 and follows a summer love affair between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old U.S.-Italian Jewish boy and a visiting 24-year-old U.S.- Jewish scholar in 1980s Italy and the 20 years that follow their relationship.

The Oscar-nominated film is up for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Aciman is a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust.

Aciman also wrote a 1995 memoir, “Out of Egypt,” which won a Whiting Award. He taught creative writing at New York University and French literature at Princeton and Bard College.

In 2009, Aciman was a Visiting Distinguished Writer at Wesleyan University.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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