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At Certain Points We Touch: Lauren John Joseph in conversation with Davey Davis

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Charis welcomes Lauren John Joseph in conversation with Davey Davis for a celebration of At Certain Points We Touch. From an electrifying new voice, a "stone-cold masterpiece" (Olivia Laing) of queer friendship, first love, and unbridled youth.

It's four in the morning, and our narrator is walking home from the club when they realize the date is February 29th-the birthday of the man who was something like their first love. Piecing together art, letters, and memory, they set about trying to write the story of a doomed affair that first sparked and burned a decade ago.

Ten years earlier, our young narrator and a boy named Thomas James fall into bed with one another over the summer of their graduation. Their ensuing affair, with its violent, animal intensity and its intoxicating and toxic power plays initiates a dance of repulsion and attraction that will cross years, span continents, drag in countless victims-and culminate in terrible betrayal.

At Certain Points We Touch is a story of first love and last rites, conjured against a vivid backdrop of London, San Francisco, and New York-a riotous, razor-sharp coming-of-age story that marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

Lauren John Joseph was born in Liverpool and lives in London. Their film and performance work has been shown internationally across the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. They are the author of the plays Boy in a Dress and A Generous Lover, and the experimental prose volume Everything Must GoAt Certain Points We Touch is their first novel.

Davey Davis is the author of the novels the earthquake room and XThey write a weekly newsletter about art, culture, sexuality, and popular queer discourse at They tweet at @k8bushofficial

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At Certain Points We Touch By Lauren John Joseph Cover Image
ISBN: 9781526631305
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 6th, 2022


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X: A Novel By Davey Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220939
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Published: Catapult - June 28th, 2022

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A thrilling portrait of political terror and the violent pleasures found in warehouses, bathrooms, and dungeons across New York City, X is a novel that delves into the psyches of characters on the margins

Shenkin By Davey Davies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781915229021
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Published: Clink Street Publishing - July 26th, 2022

Daniel Shenkin born into a working class community of the 19th century scarred and buried in the bowels of the coal mines and forged in the Ironworks of his black South Wales valley. He gambles, loves and bare knuckle fights for survival. He is determined to form a union. The protest he leads turns into a revolt. Working men and soldiers are killed or wounded.

Event Summary: 
From an electrifying new voice, a "stone-cold masterpiece" (Olivia Laing) of queer friendship, first love, and unbridled youth.