Kwame Anthony Appiah
We are utterly delighted - several years and books along in the process of hoping and wishing - to see noted scholar and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah finally here in Seattle. Calling him ‘scholar and philosopher’ barely begins to hint at his range of concerns and interests. This Seattle visit comes a week after he’ll have helped preside over things in London as chair of this year’s MAN Booker Prize jury. He is here this evening for his newest book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (Liveright), a book that brilliantly poses questions of the self and of society.
“The Lies that Bind is a small volume of mighty power. In his lucid prose, Appiah elegantly dismantles the humbug, dogma, pseudo-science and propaganda that have long dogged our attempts to discuss 'identity,' and offers in their place a practical and philosophical tool-kit, as subtly radical in its aims as it is humane in application. From the illusions of 19th century ideas of biological destiny, to the late-capitalist logic of our contemporary 'cultural appropriation' debates, this book will help a lot of people think with far more clarity about some of the thorniest issues of our times. An inspiring and essential read.” — Zadie Smith.
“This wonderful book unravels a tapestry of suppositions about identity. Understanding what draws us together and what tears us apart lies at the core of democracy. This is a vital book, an antidote to violent nativism, and a key to success in the human experiment.” — Louise Erdrich.
Besides these two, others weighing in with early praise include Annette Gordon-Reed, Amartya Sen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Mary Karr, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Anand Giridharadas, and Atul Gawande.
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.