|RHINEBECK, NY—-Oblong Books & Music is excited to announce that it will present National Book Award winner, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author ANDREW SOLOMON with his new book “FAR AND AWAY: Reporting From the Brink of Change” onSaturday, May 14 at 6pm at Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff, NY.
At the event, Solomon – one of the most original thinkers of our time – will discuss his new and riveting collection of essays about places in dramatic transition.Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.
A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet Solomon finds a common humanity wherever he travels. Illuminating the development of his own genius, his stories are always intimate and often both funny and deeply moving.
In March 2015, Solomon was elected President of PEN American Center; he has been a member of the organization since 1994. He also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the World Monuments Fund; the artists’ community Yaddo; and The Alex Fund, which supports the education of Romani children. He is a member of the Library Council at the New York Public Library; a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University; and a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Solomon lives with his husband, John Habich Solomon, and son, George Solomon, in New York, the Hudson Valley, and London.
Tickets are required for the event and cost $10.
The cost of your ticket ($10) is applicable toward the purchase of FAR AND AWAY at the event (limited to one discount per book purchased).
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