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A Literary Event and Book Signing with Leo Braudy

A Literary Event and Book Signing with Leo Braudy

Presented by the Friends of the USC Libraries

  • Date:
    Monday, December 2, 2013
  • Time:
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Doheny Memorial Library (DML)
  • Room:
    Room 241
  • Cost:
    The reception and reading are free and open to the public. Please RSVP at www.usc.edu/esvp (code: BRAUDY) or by calling (213) 821-1642.


USC University Professor and Bing Professor of English and American Literature Leo Braudy gives a reading from his new autobiographical work Trying to be Cool: Growing up in the 1950s.


Born in Philadelphia, Braudy was nurtured by B-movies, comic books, and early rock ‘n’ roll and spent his teenage years amid folk singing, Cold War paranoia, and the general cultural mishmash of the 1950s. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and now for thirty years at the University of Southern California. He is known for writings on film, such as Jean Renoir and The World in a Frame, and cultural history, such as The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History and From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity.

Guest check-in and reception: 5:30 p.m.
Reading: 6:00 p.m.
Book Signing: 6:30 p.m.