A Word with Writers: Michael Cunningham, Day

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 - 7:00pm

Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham to Albuquerque on tour for his new novel, Day.

The event will take place at the Main Library Auditorium downtown, on Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Mr. Cunningham will read from his new book, take questions from the audience, and sign copies of Day. 

Two ticket types are available: 

Individual ticket: Includes general admission for one person, a hardcover of Day, and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Bring a Friend: Includes general admission for two people, one hardcover of Day (to share with a friend/partner/etc.), and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Tickets are available for purchase below or in store.

Questions? Give us a call at (505) 344-8139.


A “quietly stunning” (Ocean Vuong) exploration of love and loss, the struggles and limitations of family life—and how we all must learn to live together and apart—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours
“Along with George Eliot, Michael Cunningham belongs in that rare group of novelists who hold the world close, with apparently infinite respect, compassion, and tenderness, all while describing the world and its inhabitants unsparingly.”—Tony Kushner


April 5, 2019: In a cozy brownstone in Brooklyn, the veneer of domestic bliss is beginning to crack. Dan and Isabel, husband and wife, are slowly drifting apart—and both, it seems, are a little bit in love with Isabel’s younger brother, Robbie. Robbie, wayward soul of the family, who still lives in the attic loft; Robbie, who, trying to get over his most recent boyfriend, is living vicariously through a glamorous avatar online; Robbie, who now has to move out of the house—and whose departure threatens to break the family apart. And then there is Nathan, age ten, taking his first uncertain steps toward independence, while his sister, Violet, five, does her best not to notice the growing rift between her parents.

April 5, 2020: As the world goes into lockdown, the cozy brownstone is starting to feel more like a prison. Violet is terrified of leaving the windows open, obsessed with keeping her family safe. Isabel and Dan communicate mostly in veiled sleights and frustrated sighs. And dear Robbie is stranded in Iceland, alone in a mountain cabin with nothing but his thoughts—and his secret Instagram life—for company.

April 5, 2021: Emerging from the worst of the crisis, the family reckons with a new, very different reality—and with what they’ve learned, what they’ve lost, and how they might go on.


Michael Cunningham is a novelist, screenwriter, and educator. His novel The Hours received the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1999. He has taught at Columbia University and Brooklyn College. He is currently a professor in the practice at Yale University.

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Albuquerque, NM 87102
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