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Time: March 17, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: City Opera House
Street: 106 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwritersser…
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS)
Latest Activity: Mar 12
An Evening with George Packer with guest host Benjamin Busch, author of award-winning memoir, Dust to Dust.
Packer became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 2003 and has covered the Iraq War for the magazine. His book The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times and won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award. He has also written about the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, civil unrest in the Ivory Coast, the megacity of Lagos, and global counterinsurgency.
Packer’s latest book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which won the 2013 National Book Award for nonfiction, is a novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America.
Whatever bound America together he argues, has slowly been unwound. He supports his argument through the stories of four main characters. "What will stay with you," writes the Christian Science Monitor, "are the book’s people, people Packer never turns into ideological mascots, people who struggle to survive, to create, to improve, even as the systems of support erode around them." He deftly delineates how quickly political idealism can disappear when one becomes exposed to a world of easy money.
Packer has served in the Peace Corps, in Togo, West Africa, and was a 2001-02 Guggenheim Fellow. He has contributed numerous articles, essays and reviews on foreign affairs, American politics and literature to the New York Times Magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, Harper’s, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard, Bennington and Columbia. Packer lives in Brooklyn, New York.
$20 General Admission ($31 ticket plus book); $25 Reserved ($36 ticket plus book); $35 Premium Reserved ($46 ticket plus book); Educator Discount: $5 off ticket price with valid ID; Student Discount: $10 off ticket price with valid ID.
Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.