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
Events for All Ages Events for High Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+ Good for Young Professionals (Lit Up)
Author Talk
Arlington Public Library

Registration is required. There are 654 seats available.

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