Sunday Jewish Book Group: The Autograph Man

Cover of Autograph ManJoin us on March 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of the book The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith. Our discussion will be facilitated by Judy Battaglia, Clinical Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The Sunday Jewish Book and Discussion Group is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and riveting conversation will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Rhonda Rosen at or 310.338.4584. This event will take place in the library’s Von der Ahe Family Suite (Level 3).

About the Book

Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. His business is to hunt for names on paper, collect them, sell them, and occasionally fake them—all to give the people what they want: a little piece of Fame. But what does Alex want? Only the return of his father, the end of religion, something for his headache, three different girls, infinite grace, and the rare autograph of forties movie actress Kitty Alexander. With fries.

The Autograph Man is a deeply funny existential tour around the hollow trappings of modernity: celebrity, cinema, and the ugly triumph of symbol over experience. It offers further proof that Zadie Smith is one of the most staggeringly talented writers of her generation.