5x15 Speaking Series’ American Debut Announced

Philip Gourevitch tells crime scenes. Paul Muldoon belts out song lyrics. Learn more about the American debut of 5x15.

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Salman Rushdie talking about the filming of Midnight’s Children. Ruby Wax on depression. Eve Ensler on the magic of the City of Joy. Edmund de Waal on what the hare with the amber eyes really is. All of these stories and more at London’s hit new speaking series: 5x15.

The idea: 5 people. 15 minutes each. True stories, told live. Passion, laughter, wisdom. They’ve been going for almost three years in London and now we’re coming to New York. In under two weeks time.

In association with The Daily Beast on Oct. 1 at the Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, at 7 p.m., the first 5x15 event in the United States will feature the following:

Siri Hustvedt on her new book, Living, Thinking, Looking.Philip Gourevitch tells stories of writing about crime scenes and aftermaths.The historian Andrew Roberts on how June 6, 1944, came to be chosen for D-Day.Paul Muldoon on song lyrics and poetry.Peter Godwin, president of the PEN American Center, on Zimbabwe.

Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana and A World on Fire, and judge of the Booker prize introduces the event.

Tickets at $25, are strictly limited, and are available here.

See 5x15stories.com for more information.

The New York Times: “If 5x15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due as much to the eclectic menu of speakers as to the short time allotted to each ...”

The New Yorker: “There was an electricity in the air … One nice thing about panel discussions in Britain is that booze is considered as essential as popcorn is to the movies.”

David Aaronovitch of the Times: “An amazingly sophisticated event ...”

Bettany Hughes: “An event that Socrates would have loved ...”