An accomplished journalist and author of two novels, Ehrenreich has reported from all over the U.S. as well as from Afghanistan, Haiti, Cambodia, and Latin America. He has written for Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, and other publications, work for which he won the National Magazine Award in 2011. His first book of nonfiction chronicles the three years he spent with Palestinian families on the West Bank, where daily life includes negotiating an increasingly labyrinthine series of fences, checkpoints, and barriers as well facing constant harassment by Israeli settlers.
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With the fluidity of a myth still in the making and a dizzying array of fonts and graphics, Danielewski has embarked on a monumental post-modern narrative. Following One Rainy Day in May and Into the Forest, the third installment of The Familiar series rejoins twelve-year-old Xanther Ibrahim, her rescue cat, friends, and family for a summer that starts with ordinary joys—freedom from school—and mundane worries—will the family income cover all the bills?—then rapidly spirals into Danielewski’s signature labyrinth of story lines.
While the ways of God are said to be mysterious, the Puritans often made a direct connection between material well-being and Divine approval: economic success was a sign that one was a member of the predestined Elect. Tracing American theologies from the first European Christian settlers to today’s spiritual leaders like Joel Osteen, Lehmann, Bookforum co-editor, Baffler senior editor and columnist, widely published journalist, and author of Rich People Things and Revolt of the Masscult, shows that money and markets have long been at the center of this country’s Protestant faith, which has sanctioned the pursuit of profit and tolerated rather than challenged economic inequality.
In his eye-opening examination of what all too often happens to Medicaid and Medicare funds, child support payments, and other public assistance designed for the ill, the abused, and the elderly, Hatcher, a professor of law at the University of Baltimore who has also worked with Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and the Children’s Defense Fund, exposes how consultants and entrepreneurs of for-profit agencies themselves benefit from government programs. He follows his exposé with ways to reform policy so that the aid does in fact reach its intended beneficiaries.
Winner of the Whiting Award and the Thurber Prize for Humor, Frazier has been writing for The New Yorker since 1974. His work has ranged from the wild satirical fiction of The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days to the insightful regional studies of The Great Plains, On the Rez, and Travels in Siberia. This selection of Frazier’s journalism since 2000 similarly reflects the writer’s wit and breadth of interest, but its most sustained focus is New York City and environs. Frazier visits soup kitchens and documents homelessness and substance abuse, surveys the damage from Hurricane Sandy, and investigates the New Jersey site of a reported meteorite landing.
Faludi, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter, won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for Backlash, her now classic reassertion of feminist tenets; in 1999 she assessed the state of American manhood in Stiffed. Now in perhaps her most personal book, Faludi investigates gender identity by telling the story of her father’s life. After years of estrangement, Faludi discovered in 2004 that her 76-year-old father was living in Hungary and had recently undergone gender confirmation surgery. Was this still the violent person she’d once known? If not, who was this parent? Her investigation takes her to places she never could have imagined.
Black has been a confirmed Francophile since high school and is now a member of the Paris Société Historique in the Marais and the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Aimée Leduc. The sixteenth Leduc novel looks back to 1989, when Aimée still wanted to become a doctor. It was not a good year for her. Her lab work was sabotaged. Her boyfriend became engaged to another woman. But when her father left for Berlin and put her in charge of his detective agency, Aimée’s luck changed. Finding herself more and more absorbed in a murder case linked to a missing Nazi truck and the gold it was smuggling, she let her other problems go and discovered that she had a future in the family business, after all.
When George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq, Smith shows in this comprehensive look at the forty-third president, he relied on his deep sense of foreign policy as a battle of good vs evil, and this religious sense of mission outweighed any advice he got from his national security advisors. Later, however, when the financial crisis broke, the president did listen to policy experts. Delving deeply into such telling moments, Smith, author of the Francis Parkman Award-winning FDR as well as authoritative biographies of Grant, John Marshall, and others, gives a fresh and often surprising assessment of a complex leader.
Bingham’s far-reaching career includes a stint as Newsweek White House correspondent and UPI stringer in Papua New Guinea, and she produced the 2011 documentary The Last Mountain. Now she turns to oral history, drawing on a hundred interviews to document one of the most turbulent years of a turbulent decade. Between August 1969 and August 1970, the escalation of violent demonstrations at home matched the country’s increasingly untenable military involvement abroad. With statements from students, celebrity activists including Jane Fonda, underground figures such as William Ayers, and many others, Bingham covers the era’s milestone political and cultural events from My Lai to Kent State, Woodstock to the Pentagon Papers.
Metaxas has written bestselling biographies of moral visionaries in Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace; in his fifth book, he looks closely at the founders’ idea of this country as “a noble experiment in ordered liberty.” Asking us to consider what these words really mean, Metaxas, founder and host of Socrates in the City and a senior fellow and lecturer at King’s College in New York, argues that as an “experiment,” the nation is a work in progress and is always being tested. This makes us both strong and vulnerable, Metaxas states, and he invites us all to participate in the ongoing challenge, as only constant reaffirmation of the founding ideals will assure the freedom of future generations.
In his eleventh book, Pitch, author of the award-winning The Burning of Washington and “They Have Killed Papa Dead!” details the still-unsolved killing of four African Americans seventy years ago in rural Monroe, Georgia. Pitch’s extensive research in FBI files and the National Archives shows that the Georgia Bureau’s investigation was deeply flawed and further obstructed by political and socio-cultural conditions—tensions also evident in the movement for federal anti-lynching laws and the Congressional racism that opposed such measures.
Born in Finland and now a U.S. citizen, Partanen has worked as a journalist in both countries, gaining a unique dual perspective on two cultures. As she did in her recent Atlantic article, “What Americans Don’t Get about Nordic Countries,” Partanen in her first book shows readers that “the vision of homogenous, altruistic Nordic lands is mostly a fantasy.” As she separates myth from fact, she homes in on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens—and shows how much the U.S. can learn from life as it is actually lived in these countries, all of which are more complex, and more instructive, than the “nanny states” many Americans imagine.
In 1996, Singer, a long-time New Yorker staff writer, wrote a profile of Donald Trump. At that point, Trump was concerned with recovering from bankruptcy, salvaging his failed casino operations, and getting his second divorce. Fascinated despite himself, Singer characterized Trump as a man “who had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.” Now, however, Trump isn’t just one more swaggering businessman, and Singer revisits his earlier assessments in light of Trump the candidate.
Singer will be in conversation with Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
Exploring the District’s rich historical, architectural, and cultural tradition, Ozer’s books have guided readers through many of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods, tracing the legacy left by distinguished residents and the events they shaped. His latest exploration looks at D.C. between the Civil War and the Second World War, as it developed from an industrial nation to a world power. Ozer traces the emergence of the capital through many stages, including the Spanish-American War, the rise of Progressive politics, the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments, and the New Deal, as well as local developments such as construction of federal office buildings, museums, parks and public monuments.
In his second book, Dallek, assistant professor of political management at George Washington University and the author of The Right Moment, traces the history of the Office of Civilian Defense, established by FDR in 1941. A precursor to the Department of Homeland Security, the OCD was headed by Fiorello LaGuardia, who believed in a conventional military defense, while the assistant director, Eleanor Roosevelt, argued for a “social defense.” Unable to work together, the two resigned after less than a year in office. Their successor, James Landis, followed yet a third vision, recruiting volunteers for a civilian defense. As Dallek vividly shows, the Roosevelt-era debates about security, national vulnerability, and civil liberties are as urgent and unresolved as ever.
Obergefell, who married his terminally ill partner in Maryland in 2013—only to have his home state of Ohio refuse to recognize the marriage—has teamed up with Cenziper, a Pulitzer-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, to recount how the loss of his husband, both literally and technically, led to his fight for same-sex marriage rights in all fifty states. At once a comprehensive legal history and an intimate portrait of lives for whom the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges had immediate and deep impact, the book traces Obergefell’s long relationship with John Arthur and also follows the work of the dedicated lawyer, Al Gerhardstein, who helped Obergefell realize his and his late husband’s dream of national gay marriage rights.
Join Cenziper and Obergefell for a discussion of this landmark civil rights step and of what needs to come next in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
In this primer on information literacy, Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Edgeworth Economics, reminds us that little data counts as much as Big Data. Every day, the average person consumes approximately 30 gigabytes of data, ranging from weather forecasts to stock market reports to actuarial tables. Many decisions ride on these figures and studies, so it’s crucial to know how to interpret them. Johnson, a frequent lecturer and affiliated professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, provides the basics of how information is compiled and presented, and shows how to avoid many common errors of assessment by being aware of methodologies, omissions, and other sorts of manipulation.
Budiansky is on the editorial board of Cryptologia, and he includes fascinating details on the art and science of cryptology as he traces the NSA from its roots in the Second World War’s code breaking programs, such as the one that cracked Enigma. A former national security correspondent and author of books including Her Majesty’s Spymaster and Blackett’s War, Budiansky profiles many spies and cryptologists, outlines the special challenges of ciphers, and follows the Agency’s changing mission as the enemies became less clearly defined in the Cold War; no longer focusing on military personnel, the NSA went after suspected spies, and their targets were increasingly likely to be American citizens, a practice that has only intensified since 9/11.
A veteran China expert with a diverse career in business and journalism, Seligman has lived in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and has written on the region for publications including The Washington Post and The Asian Wall Street Journal. In his fifth book, the author of The First Chinese American and Three Tough Chinamen looks back at New York City’s tumultuous turn-of-the-century Chinatown where, from the 1890s through the 1930s, rival tongs—secret societies—ran opium dens, betting parlors, and houses of prostitution, illegal business that turned to protracted and bloody gang wars under the greedy eye of corrupt Tammany officials.
As founder and head of the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization that works at the nexus of religion, values, and public life, Jones has been a frequent commentator on issues relating to religion, culture, and politics and writes a regular column for The Atlantic online. Drawing on his studies from the last several decades, Dr. Jones, a former assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, uses the fact that this country is no longer a majority Christian nation as a context for understanding many recent events and looks for a new way to frame American ideals within the changed demographic.
In his first book, Zak, a Washington Post reporter for nearly a dozen years, focuses on an act of public disobedience—and tells the seven-decade story of the country’s complicated relationship with nuclear forces, from the Manhattan Project to weapon stockpiles to energy plants. On July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear activists, one of whom was eighty-two-year-old Sister Megan Rice, broke into the Oak Ridge complex, painted slogans on the wall, and waited to be arrested. Their action raised many serious questions, not least about public safety, given that “the Fort Knox of Uranium” had been so easily entered.
In her sixth novel, Weisberger does for professional tennis what she did for fashion magazines in her bestselling The Devil Wears Prada. Taking readers behind the scenes of the Grand Slam circuit, Weisberger follows Charlie Silver through her transition from collegiate to professional tennis. With as much attention to the sport’s glamour and celebrity as to athletics, the narrative traces Charlie’s disastrous Wimbledon performance, her affair with a hot Spanish player, and her relationship with a new coach, who’s avid not just to see her win, but to get her in the tabloids.
Kettl is a frequent media commentator on public affairs, a Brookings senior fellow, and professor and former dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. In his latest book on American government, the author of The Next Government of the United States and On Risk and Disaster, among others, looks back to the Progressive era that reformed labor, reined in corporate trusts, and instituted the Federal Reserve and many other features of modern government. What would it take to achieve that sort of record now? Facing the challenges of partisanship and gridlock head on, Kettl argues that today’s government can reinvent itself in the Progressive image, and be better, not bigger.
In 1938, Beck’s father, an Alabama trial lawyer, defended an African American man accused of raping a white woman. Despite a doctor’s testimony that there was no physical evidence of the crime, the defendant was found guilty. The case was widely publicized, and Beck, now an attorney and teacher at Emory Law School, speculates that Harper Lee, age twelve at the time, later drew on it for the pivotal event in To Kill a Mockingbird. As he reconstructs the trial and its cultural context, Beck combines family history with a meditation on racism, justice, and literature.
Named in honor of the late American writer and cultural commentator who taught at George Mason University for almost thirty years, The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University celebrates the art of creative writing as a means of international dialogue, education, and understanding. In its inaugural event, former and current students of Alan Cheuse read from his work and discuss the impact he had on their professional and personal lives. Moderated by the Center’s director, this event will also raise awareness about the Center, its future plans, and its role in the very international and literary city of Washington, D.C.
How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.
Beer and wine will be available.
Blau’s fourth novel focuses on Lexie James, a counselor at an exclusive New England prep school. Her own background couldn’t be further from those of most of her students: her alcoholic father abandoned her, then her mother kicked her out to make room for a new boyfriend. Lexie is a survivor; her panic attacks are over, and she’s engaged. But just when her life seems stabilized, she makes a spectacularly bad decision. Blau, the author of The Wonder Bread Summer and Drinking Closer to Home, again uses humor and sharp observation to reveal her characters’ hearts.
Reuss’s wide-ranging fiction has featured wandering philosophers, traumatized child prodigies, elderly Alzheimer’s patients, a German doctor, and spies. His sixth novel brings us a little girl who can fly. Maisie is an ordinary New Jersey eight-year-old in most respects, but her extraordinary talent helps her negotiate life after her mother dies. From her elevated perspective she tries to understand herself, her circumstances, and her father, an artist and archeologist.
Baum grew up in Israel, under the shadow of the Holocaust and in the midst of ongoing regional conflicts, where she honed the storytelling skills that have earned her a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She has worked with groups including congregations of various faiths, the U.S. Defense Department, and the World Bank. As her powerful and moving memoir of her friendship with a Palestinian woman brought up under the Israeli occupation attests, however, Baum’s skills have met the greatest challenge with her own homeland.
Chanoff, who has served as a consultant to the United Nations Refugee Agency, is the executive director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization he founded to manage the emergency evacuation of Congolese survivors of a massacre. Awarded the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership’s Gleitsman International Activist Award, and other commendations, Chanoff draws on his experiences with refugees around the world, as well as that of eight other business, military, and NGO leaders, for his stirring meditation on moral courage.
Chanoff will be in conversation with Deo Mwano, a motivational speaker and life coach originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he survived the country’s civil war and years in a Congolese refugee camp finally to immigrate to the US in 2000.
Ephron, a novelist, screenwriter, and essayist whose work includes the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore, young adult books such as Frannie in Pieces, and the script for You’ve Got Mail, explores the nature of fidelity and betrayal in this novel set on the lush coast of Sicily. Unfolding at the pace of a psychological thriller, the story focuses on two vacationing American couples. The trip isn’t about the couples’ friendship, however; rather, it’s an elaborate strategy for a rendezvous. As the secrets and deceptions gradually surface, the daughter of one of the couples is caught in the middle of an emotionally explosive situation.
If you’ve been around Washington long enough, you may not notice all the acronyms or the lively discussions about security clearances—even the summer humidity may cease to make an impression. But for Beth, a newcomer to D.C., all this grates. The wife of an up-and-coming politico, Beth takes an instant dislike to the city. Things get better as she and her husband find another young political couple to socialize with, but as the friends’ star rises ever higher, Beth faces new tensions in her marriage. As sharply observed, candid, and funny as Close’s Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One, this novel is a vivid and insightful portrait of both a city and a marriage.
Close will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, a producer on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. This event is part of the WAMU in Your Bookstore Series.
In her accomplished third book, Pittard, author of The Fates Will Find Their Way and Reunion, combines elements of the modern gothic and the American road trip. The story of a marriage hitting a rough patch, the narrative follows Mark and Maggie, a professor and a veterinarian respectively, on their annual drive from Chicago to see family in the East. Maggie is still recovering from the shock of being mugged and isn’t quite herself; Mark tries to understand, but the two bicker. Then the weather turns nasty and they make an unexpected stop, which, in turn leads to more surprises and the couple has to reassess much of what they’d previously taken for granted.
Set at a national political convention, Stevens’s second novel couldn’t be timelier. An experienced political consultant and writer for publications including The Washington Post and for TV shows such as K Street, Stevens brings dramatic flair and an insider’s savvy to this dark comedy of politics and family. The action centers on J.D. Callahan, campaign manager for the sitting vice president who is in a tight race for the presidential nomination. His opponent is a right-wing populist whose law-and-order agenda gets a boost when dye bombs throw the convention into chaos. Meanwhile, Callahan struggles to keep his brother from revealing a secret that will ruin their father’s reputation as a heroic civil rights journalist.
One October Saturday in 1998, a six-year-old golden retriever with Addison’s disease bolted from his owner on the Appalachian Trail. How this missing dog galvanized and united his family is the moving and funny subject of Toutonghi’s first nonfiction book. A Pushcart Prize-winning writer, Toutonghi is the author of two novels, a story collection, and many articles and essays. As he brings to life each member of the frantic Marshall family, details their search, follows the tips they receive from around the country, he shows how integral a pet like Gonker can be to a family, and what it means not to know his fate.
Clarinda, Iowa is a farming town with a population of 5,000 and an outsize impact on baseball. In his first book, Tackett, an editor at The New York Times Washington bureau and former Washington bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune, tells the inspiring story of Merl Eberly, a coach dedicated not just to baseball, but to kids in need of a goal and a second chance. Over the course of some five decades, Eberly coached the Clarinda A’s and turned out players of the caliber of Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith and Von Hayes, and instilled in countless others a deep sense of determination, responsibility, and respect for hard work and cooperation.
In 1999 Satter reported in his book Darkness at Dawn that a series of bombings in three Russian cities was not the act of Chechen terrorists, as the Russian government claimed, but the work of the country’s security police. Such courage led to Satter’s expulsion from Russia in 2013—the first American journalist to be so treated since the Cold War. In his fourth book, Satter, former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and special Soviet affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and currently a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute, deepens his account of the 1999 events, detailing Yeltsin’s role in the violence, the subsequent rise of crime, Putin’s ascent to power, and his repression of political opposition.
Coleman is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a professor of theology and African American religions at Claremont School of Theology. Her memoir is at once a spiritual autobiography, a family history, and an exploration of the lasting effects of slavery, poverty, and racism. Coleman traces her great-grandfather’s suicide as well as her own struggle with bipolar illness to an ongoing despair that afflicts a broad segment of the African American community. As she developed this perspective, Coleman has not only learned how to live with her condition, she has also come to a renewed vision of God.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and now teaching writing in Brooklyn, Dennis-Benn has been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Lambda, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her debut novel unfolds in a rapidly developing Jamaica. The resort town of Montego Bay is enjoying a boom; new hotels are going up, and Margot is determined to carve out financial independence for herself and her younger sister. She also senses social change in the air, and as traditional attitudes give way, she hopes to be able to love another woman openly.
Dennis-Benn will be in conversation with Marita Golden, co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.
In the first installment of a series of political thrillers, Vidich, a founder and publisher of the Storyville app, vividly evokes the rising tensions and suspicions of 1953 Washington. The Red Scare is reaching its height, but George Mueller, one of the CIA’s first case officers after a career that began with the OSS during World War II, is repelled by the Red baiting and ready to move on, perhaps into teaching. But there’s a Soviet mole at work in the Agency, and Mueller, despite his growing cynicism, is persuaded to join a complex plot to identify him—only to find himself being recruited by the other side.
Vidich will be in conversation with Sonya Chung, author of the novels Long for This World and The Loved Ones.
A psychiatrist in private practice and a professor at Brown Medical School, Kramer is best-known as the author of Listening to Prozac, a deeply researched and balanced look at the role of psychopharmacology in treating depression. As biomedical research has progressed and new medications have been developed for psychological disorders, the backlash against such chemical treatment has also continued. Kramer’s new book updates the arguments for and against medication; combining the history of psychotherapy with recent studies, data with clinical evidence, hard science with human compassion, he shows that antidepressants are not a miracle cure, but that they offer real and lasting therapeutic benefit to thousands.
Kramer will be in conversation with Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness and We’ve Got Issues.
Fairstein is the former chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan, and her twenty-plus years of professional experience with sexual assault and domestic violence cases has made her a top legal expert and a compelling novelist. In the eighteenth crime thriller to feature Alexandra Cooper, Fairstein draws on the glamour and high stakes of Fashion Week in New York to plunge the fictional assistant district attorney into a complex murder investigation.
Fairstein will be in conversation with Laura Lippman, author of the Tess Monaghan mystery series and, most recently, the stand-alone thriller Wilde Lake.
Hamid, author of the award-winning Temptations of Power, examines the premise that Islam is unique among religions for its political goals. He then traces Islam’s governmental role from the premodern era to ISIS, examining different models and showing how Islamic tenets, while remaining distinct from secular notions of liberal democracy, can nonetheless be reconciled with democracy. A senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, Hamid had access to a wide range of leaders and activists throughout the region, and he considers issues including questions of power, the role of religion in public life, and the nature and purpose of a state.
One of the Huffington Post’s “22 Summer Books You Won’t Want to Miss,” Noyes’s award-winning debut collection of stories showcases a fresh and bold new voice in fiction. Noyes, an alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and winner of both the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship and the James Merrill House Fellowship, is as impressive for her incisive language as for her insight into her characters’ emotions. Many of these pieces unfold along the Maine coastline, depicting women similarly poised on the edge of new experiences.
Noyes will be in conversation with Nate Brown, a widely published fiction writer and web editor for American Short Fiction.
Saturday, July 30, 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Stay up past your bedtime and celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with P&P!
Kick off the festivities by taking our special bookstore-themed Flourish & Blotts quiz to get sorted into a house or confirm your allegiance. The Den will transform into the Three Broomsticks and offer magical food and drink options, which will fuel your creativity at our wand-making station (no dueling, please!). Stand out from the Muggles by participating in our costume contest, and be sure to brush up on your knowledge of the Wizarding world before the big night.
Pre-orders for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be available online only through noon on July 29 while supplies last. When you pre-order a copy, you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a panoply of Potter-themed prizes!
We’ll update this page with more information about this wizarding evening as we get closer to release day.
A novelist and widely published journalist focusing on cultural history, Blume writes regularly for publications including Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, and has published a series of Let’s Bring Back encyclopedias of bygone pastimes, fashions, and cocktails, as well as a lively account of New York’s St. Regis Hotel, It Happened Here. Her new book chronicles a pivotal moment in modern literature, recreating the summer of 1925, when Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises. Blume traces the novel’s key events and characters to episodes and figures in Hemingway’s life and shows how he created his own legend as the voice of the lost generation at the same time.
In remarkable works of fiction such as The Corrections and Freedom, Jonathan Franzen has become one of today’s defining literary voices. His fifth novel, Purity, now in paperback and soon to be a Showtime series, showcases his abiding concern with family as well as his signature dual focus on large issues—nuclear weapons, mass surveillance—and personal concerns. Purity, aka Pip, is squatting with anarchists in Oakland as she struggles with crushing student loans and the mystery of who her father is. A WikiLeaks-like organization seems to offer solutions to both these problems, and as Pip gets involved with former East Germans, the Stasi, a Bolivian-jungle hideout, and a huge cast of idealists and rebels, she and her world are changed forever.
Franzen will be in conversation with Marcela Valdes, an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation.
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