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March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Adam Gopnik, three time winner of the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism, for an in person event to celebrate his new book, The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. This event will be held at Congregation B’nai Emunah (1719 S. Owasso Ave).
Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986 has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books. His latest book, The Real Work, is an exploration of the question, “How did the people he was writing about learn their outlandish skill, whether it was drawing a nude or baking a sourdough loaf?” Exuberant and profound, The Real Work is ultimately about why we relentlessly seek to better ourselves in the first place.
This is a ticketed event, each ticket includes one (1) copy of The Real Work by Adam Gopnik ($30.00 value) and one (1) seat at the event on Wednesday March 22 at 7:00 pm.
The Real Work will be published on March 14. All ticket holders will be able to pick up their copy of the book at the event.
All tickets include a copy of the book, there is a limit of four tickets per transaction. Please provide the full name and email address of each ticket holder so that all event notifications and information can be sent to all attendees.
If you have a ticket and are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book at Magic City Books during normal business hours. The last day for ticket holders to pick up The Real Work by Adam Gopnik is Friday, May 5, 2023. We will make an effort to have signed books available for pick up but can not guarantee a signed copy.
About THE REAL WORK:
For decades, Adam Gopnik has been one of our most beloved writers, a brilliantly perceptive critic of art, food, France, and more. But recently, he became obsessed by a fundamental matter: How did the people he was writing about learn their outlandish skill, whether it was drawing a nude or baking a sourdough loaf? In The Real Work–his title the term magicians use for the accumulated craft that makes for a great trick–Gopnik apprentices himself to an artist, a dancer, a boxer, and even a driving instructor (from the DMV), among others, trying his late-middle-age hand at things he assumed were beyond him. He finds that mastering a skill is a process of methodically breaking down and building up, piece by piece–and that true mastery, in any field, requires mastering other people’s minds. Exuberant and profound, The Real Work is ultimately about why we relentlessly seek to better ourselves in the first place.
“This book is equal parts instructive and enchanting. An exuberant exploration of a mystery hidden in plain sight in every field, in every life. A quintessential Adam Gopnik alchemy of investigation and imagination, wit and wisdom, in words that soar.”
“There is no writer more qualified to write about the mystery of mastery than Adam Gopnik, the most masterful of essayists. The Real Work is peak Gopnik.”