Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1959 publication of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch Home About Contact RSS Updates Press  


To mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Naked Lunch, we are hosting celebratory events in Paris and London in 2009 during which a variety of artists, musicians, and writers will perform and read their work in tribute to Burroughs and his great book. There will be exhibitions, films, discussions, dérives, magic and more…

The events will reflect the continuing significance and influence of Naked Lunch throughout different cultures and media, and will provide opportunities for admirers of the book to contribute during open mike sessions. Check this site for details about the times and venues for forthcoming events, screenings, symposia, and shows, and for information on the performers and contributors. In addition we will post news about a special tribute to take place in New York in 2009 as well as information on planned homages to be staged by other Burroughsians around the world.

Paris: 30 June – 3 July 2009

Lawrence, KS: 2 August 2009

  • Exhibit of Burroughs paintings
  • Remarks from James Grauerholz
  • Readings from Naked Lunch by Jim McCrary and Wayne Propst
  • Screenings of Propst’s home videos of WSB and “Towers Open Fire”
  • Accordion serenade by Sue Ashline, and some of the Old Man’s favorite songs on the iPod
  • More information about the Lawrence events…

Chicago: 28 August 2009

London: September 2009

Bristol, UK: 13 September 2009

New York: 7 – 10 October 2009

Iowa City, Iowa: 2 – 3 November 2009

Sydney (Australia): 19 November 2009

San Francisco: 20 – 22 November 2009

Newcastle: 28 November 2009

  • Due to illness, the Newcastle homage has been cancelled. The organisers send their apologies to all.

Venice, California: 3-5 December 2009