UCL Urban Laboratory


An evening with author Lauren Elkin

05 May 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Lauren Elkin

Lauren Elkin discusses her new book 'No. 91/92: notes on a Parisian commute' with Professor Matthew Beaumont, UCL English Literature

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Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place

Author Lauren Elkin’s new book was written on a Paris bus route in iPhone notes. She joins us for a live in-person discussion of her work with UCL Urban Laboratory co-director and English Literature Professor, Matthew Beaumont.

In Flâneuse, Lauren Elkin celebrated the woman walker in the city, revealing how aimlessly wandering through New York, Tokyo, Venice – but most of all Paris – invigorates the soul and focuses the mind. In her latest book, No. 91/92 (Les Fugitives) she joins the commuter crowds on the bus with a love letter to Paris written in iPhone notes.

From musings on Virginia Woolf and Georges Perec, to her first impressions in the aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks, her diary queries the lines between togetherness and being apart, between the everyday and the eventful, as she registers the ordinary makings of a city and its people.

Signed copies of No. 91/92 (Les Fugitives) are available for £8.99 from the London Review Bookshop here. Or copy and paste the link below in your browser.


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About the Speakers

Lauren Elkin


Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator. Her last book, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein- Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her translation, with Charlotte Mandell, of Claude Arnaud's biography of Jean Cocteau, won the 2017 French- American Foundation's Translation Prize. Her next book, Art Monsters: on Beauty and Excess, is to be published by Chatto & Windus. She currently lives in London, with her partner and son.

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Matthew Beaumont

Professor of English Literature at UCL

Matthew Beaumont studied English at LMH, Oxford, before doing an MSt and DPhil at Linacre College, Oxford. He was a Research Fellow at Keble College, Oxford, and a Teaching Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming moving to UCL as a Lecturer in 2005. He became a Senior Lecturer in 2008 and a Professor of English Literature in 2016. He is also a Co-Director of UCL's Urban Lab, where he is responsible for the Cities Imaginaries strand.

His teaching interests include nineteenth-century literature; the fin de siècle; early modernism; C20 avant-gardes; film; crime fiction; utopian and dystopian literature; and Marxist and other literary and cultural theories.

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