Masha Gessen in Conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh
An Arlington Reads Signature Author Event.
Join us for a conversation with Masha Gessen, one of the most trenchant observers of politics and society today. This event is sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO): Support local businesses while enjoying this incredible conversation.
Gessen is the author of eleven books, including “Surviving Autocracy” and “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” which won the National Book Award in 2017. Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, LGBTQIA+ rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, among others, for "The New York Review of Books" and the "New York Times." On a parallel track, Gessen has been a science journalist, writing about aids, medical genetics, and mathematics; famously, Gessen was dismissed as editor of the Russian popular-science magazine "Vokrug Sveta" for refusing to send a reporter to observe Putin hang-gliding with the Siberian cranes.
A regular contributor to "The Washington Post," "Harper’s," "Vanity Fair" and "Slate," among other publications, Gessen is a staff writer at "The New Yorker." They have taught at Amherst and Oberlin Colleges and joined the faculty at Bard College in fall 2020. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, the Hitchens Prize, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary, Gessen has been living in New York since 2013 after more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow.
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The 2021 Arlington Reads series “Food for Thought” features five incredible changemakers – a National Book Award winner, a New York Times-bestselling novelist, a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, a Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize winner, and a MacArthur Fellow - whose kinetic, discerning, and unapologetic writing sets the table for a transformative future.
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Arlington Public Library