BOOKSMITH: André Aciman / Call Me By Your Name & Enigma Variations

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:30pm

Booksmith is thrilled to host André Aciman reading from his sensational novels Call Me By Your Name—now a major motion picture nominated for three Golden Globes—and Enigma Variations. Joining André in conversation is Brian Bromberger.


Please noteDue to popular demand, this event has been moved to Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). Reserved seats are currently sold out; any unclaimed seats will be first come first served, and will be given away at 7:30. There is plenty of standing room; please do join us!

André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time. 

A USA Today bestseller, Los Angeles Times bestseller, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Call Me by Your Name was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, The Seattle Times, and New York Magazine, and the film has been called “far and away the best movie of the year” by; Esquire says it has “some of the most emotional moments in film history.”

Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations charts the life of a man named Paul, whose loves remain as consuming and as covetous throughout his adulthood as they were in his adolescence. Whether the setting is southern Italy, where as a boy he has a crush on his parents’ cabinetmaker, or a snowbound campus in New England, where his enduring passion for a girl he’ll meet again and again over the years is punctuated by anonymous encounters with men—whether he’s on a tennis court in Central Park or on a New York sidewalk in early spring. Paul’s attachments are ungraspable, transient, and forever underwritten by raw desire. 

Ahead of every step Paul takes, his hopes, denials, fears, and regrets are always ready to lay their traps. Yet the dream of love lingers. We may not always know what we want. We may remain enigmas to ourselves and to other. But sooner or later, we discover who we’ve always known we were. 


“[Aciman is] up to something bolder this time . . . Aciman is all the way himself here. He writes with the ferocity of a writer who's finally getting his vision down, and he has to say it, has to get it out. He's made a magnificent, living thing." —Paul Lisicky, New York Times Book Review 

"A breathless, sketched rendering of one man’s life in love, Aciman’s novel speaks earnestly not only of longing and lust, but also of more complicated emotions . . . [Aciman] portrays Paul convincingly as a sensuous and self-aware figure, forever treading the border between melodrama and tragedy." —Publishers Weekly 


André Aciman is the author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor of The Proust Project (all published by FSG). He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and lives with his wife in Manhattan. 


Brian Bromberger is a freelance nonfiction author who is also a staff writer/critic for The Bay Area Reporter weekly newspaper here in San Francisco.

Please note:

>>> This event will be at Booksmith at 1644 Haight. RSVP appreciated but not required

>>> This is a free event, but seating is limitedReserved seats are currently sold out; any unclaimed seats will be first come first served, and will be given away at 7:30. You are still welcome to pre-order a book below for pick-up at the event! 


If you cannot attend the event but would like to request signed copies of André Aciman's books, order below and put your request in the comments field.




Enigma Variations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250159977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 9th, 2018

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312426781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

Harvard Square Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393348286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 10th, 2014

Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250013989
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - November 27th, 2012

Eight White Nights: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312680565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 1st, 2011

Out of Egypt: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312426552
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - January 23rd, 2007