Read All About It, Hear All About It—Our Authors Are in the News and Making News!

We’re coming off of a truly amazing week for writers events at The Music Hall! I hope you were in-house for one of our recent filled-to-the-rafters happenings—hearing from Angela Duckworth about GRIT or gaining Doris Kearns Goodwin’s insights on LEADERSHIP alongside NHPR interviewer Lauren Chooljian. Or maybe you got the best-ever American history class from Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore as she discussed THESE TRUTHS.  

How lucky we are to host these news-breakers with such TIMELY books—the works above at #2, #3, and #4, respectively, on the NY Times Book Review bestseller list (10/8), as well as in the headlines. Another on that bestseller list is Ben Macintyre, our upcoming Writer in the Loft; the best-loved Brit spy storyteller is coming to us Oct. 16 with a remarkable A/V presentation on the Cold War and its spies.

You may remember Macintyre’s stunner espionage tale A Spy Among Friends, an account of Kim Philby, the oh-so-well-mannered Brit intelligence officer famously doubled* by the Russians. Well, he’s done it again with the Philbly equivalent on the Russian side—Russian Oleg Gordievsky, who worked in the triangle of U.S., British, and Russian intelligence and hastened the end of the Cold War. It’s a gripping suspense, heralded by John Le Carré himself as “the best true spy story I have ever read.”

With praise like that, of course it’s a bestseller! And you won’t want to miss it. Such a thrill, such insight we’ll get into the world of spooks, into the Russia of the past…and the present? Come hear more and ask questions on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Loft!

*Philby delivered secrets to the KGB from 1934 until his defection to Moscow in 1963. In Russia, he is being celebrated to this day by Putin and others. The stories on Gordievsky are much the same.