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Wilton Library: Author Talk: Patrick Bringley on his Memoir: All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

Submitted by elmstreetbooks on Mon, 02/12/2024 - 1:25pm


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Please join us for a special Author Talk with Patrick Bringley on March 6, at 7 p.m., when he shares with us his debut memoir, All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me, an intimate look at The Met and its profound effect on his life while he was grieving the death of his older brother.

Caught up in his fledgling career at the New Yorker, in his mid-twenties, Bringley’s life suddenly changed with his adored older brother’s terminal cancer diagnosis. He quit his job and looked for solace and quiet in the most beautiful place he knew; he became a museum guard at The Met where he spent the next decade. 

Over the years as his bonds with his colleagues and the art grew, he came to understand how fortunate he was to be walled off in this little world, and how much it resembled the best aspects of the larger world to which he gradually, gratefully returned.

“Exquisite - What emerges is a beautiful tale about beauty. It is also a tale about grief, balancing solitude and comradeship, and finding joy in both the exalted and the mundane.” - Mary Jo Murphy, The Washington Post

All the Beauty in the World has been named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Public Library, NPR, the Financial Times, Audible, and the Sunday Times (London), which selected it as the Outstanding Art Book of 2023. It is being published in translated editions around the world. Patrick leads public and private tours of The Met and lectures at museums and other venues around the country. Patrick lives with his wife and children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. All the Beauty in the World is his first book.

Elm Street Books will be selling copies and Patrick will be signing books after the talk. A portion of the proceeds goes to Wilton Library.

The media sponsor of our author talk is GOOD Morning Wilton.

Registration required. 

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Event date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Wilton Library
All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me By Patrick Bringley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982163303
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 14th, 2023