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A Vocabulary of Pleasure: A Virtual Salon with Literary Critic Parul Sehgal & Adam Dalva

Join Words Without Borders for a lively conversation with New Yorker staff writer Parul Sehgal and WWB Books Editor Adam Dalva
A collage of Parul Seghal, left, and Adam Dalva, right

Join Words Without Borders for a lively conversation with New Yorker staff writer Parul Sehgal and WWB Books Editor Adam Dalva, who will discuss recent trends in international literature, Sehgal’s journey as a writer and critic, and what it means to establish a “vocabulary of pleasure.” 

Words Without Borders is thrilled to host Parul Sehgal as part of our ongoing digital conversation series to engage leading thinkers in conversations on writing around the world.

Tech and accessibility information

This event will be hosted on Zoom, which is available for download here. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Your display name should match the name you use to register for the event. You can change your Zoom display name by following these instructions.

In-app closed captioning and a full transcript will be available for this event. While in the meeting, you can toggle this on and off by clicking the “Live Transcription/CC” button at the bottom of your screen. You will not be able to turn on your own audio and video for this Zoom event. ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please email Anna at before Thursday, July 27.

About the writers

Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Previously, she was a book critic at the New York Times, where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist. She has won awards for her criticism from the New York Press Club, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. She teaches in the graduate creative-writing program at New York University.

Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books. He is the Books Editor for Words Without Borders and the Senior Fiction Editor of Guernica Magazine. Adam serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University.

This is a free event. Your optional donation will help Words Without Borders keep its digital magazine, events, and education program free to readers around the world.