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The Red Daughter: A Novel, by John Burnham Schwartz. In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of the Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, abruptly abandoned her life in Moscow in 1967, arriving in New York to throngs of reporters and a nation hungry to hear her story. By her side: Peter Horvath, a young lawyer sent by the CIA to smuggle Svetlana into America. Novelist John Burnham Schwartz’s father was the young lawyer who escorted Svetlana Alliluyeva to the United States. Drawing upon private papers and years of extensive research, Schwartz imaginatively re-creates the story of an extraordinary, troubled woman’s search for a new life and a place to belong, in the powerful, evocative prose that has made him an acclaimed author of literary and historical fiction.
The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m.
John Burnham Schwartz is the bestselling author of five novels, including Northwest Corner (2011), The Commoner (2009), and Reservation Road (2007), which was made into a film based on his screenplay. His books have been translated into twenty languages. Since writing the script for Reservation Road, Schwartz has done extensive screen and television writing for the major Hollywood studios, including as screenwriter of HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. He is a recipient of a 1991 Lyndhurst Prize for mastery in the art of fiction, and his journalism has appeared widely in such publications as the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, and Vogue, and numerous essays of his have been anthologized. Schwartz has taught fiction writing at Harvard, The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Sarah Lawrence College, and he is the longtime Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.
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Lecture Series books can be purchased in advance from The Mount’s Bookstore! Mount members receive a 10% discount. Everyone receives a 15% discount if all 9 books are purchased together. If you would like to order your book(s) ahead of the lecture, e-mail our Bookstore Manager Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.
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