Christopher Hitchens Memorial

April 22, 2012

By Vanity Fair

In part one of the April 20th memorial service for Vanity Fair contributing editor Christopher Hitchens, Graydon Carter welcomed attendees and speakers James Fenton, Lawrence Krauss, Edwin Blue, Patrick Cockburn, Max McGuinness, Aimée Bell, Michael Zilkha, Victor Navasky, and Tom Stoppard. 
UPDATE: More parts added. Watch the videos here.

Christopher Hitchens’s Memorial

April 21, 2012

By Vanity Fair

Christopher Hitchens’s Memorial: Sean Penn, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Others Pay Tribute

 “To remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off,” wrote the late Christopher Hitchens in his June 2011 column, “Unspoken Truths,” for Vanity Fair. Today, at a memorial service in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, in New York, many of Hitchens’s friends and admirers did just that.
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Vanity Fair to Host Christopher Hitchens Memorial

April 18, 2012

Vanity Fair will host a memorial for the late Christopher Hitchens this Friday, April 20, at noon in the Great Hall of Cooper Union. Scheduled to pay tribute in New York are Stephen Fry, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Christopher Buckley, National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins, and physicist Lawrence Krauss.

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Read also "A Memorial, Ribald and Reverent, for Christopher Hitchens"

A discussion about Christopher Hitchens

April 16, 2012

A discussion about the life and work of author Christopher Hitchens with his friends and fellow authors: Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, James Fenton & Ian McEwan.

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Birthday, Memorial and a Tribute

April 13, 2012

It's April 13th. Some want to call it Christopher Hitchens Day. I agree with Staks Rosch: "While some atheists will be raising a glass of Johnny Walk Black in his honor, I think the time for that solute is over. Now is the time to share his wit and wisdom with others in celebration of his life. So pick up your copy of God Is Not Great or your Quotable Hitchens and share a quote or three on your social networks and with your friends and family on his birthday. Read more (
Then again, why not do both?

There's also a Hitch day facebook event

Ephraim Hardcastle asks "What would Christoper Hitchens make of his Vanity Fair memorial arrangements?" It's an invitation-only event at Cooper Union school in New York, on April 20.
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Then we have the PEN World Voices Festival, New York City, with a Christopher Hitchens tribute on Monday, April 30.
With Graydon Carter, Victor S. Navasky, George Packer, and Katha Pollit. Moderated by Ian Buruma.

No word yet on a possible London, UK memorial.


Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir