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Date(s) - 04/30/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Center for Fiction

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The price of admission grants entry for 1 to the event plus a $10 voucher to use towards any purchase at our bookstore.

In 1967, at the height of the Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of the infamous USSR ruler Joseph Stalin, defected to the United States. The media frenzy was enormous: newspapers across the country ran front-page photos of Svetlana stepping off the plane at JFK, two of the three TV networks carried her arrival live on-air. Standing next to her in many of the photos from that day is her young lawyer, a man who’d traveled under CIA cover to escort her safely to the United States. One such photo used to hang in the house where author John Burnham Schwartz grew up—the young lawyer standing next to Svetlana is his father.

In THE RED DAUGHTER, Schwartz re-imagines Svetlana’s story, giving readers a captivating work of historical fiction that draws on years of research and elements of his father’s singular real-life experience.

Schwartz will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize award-winning playwright and novelist, Ayad Akhtar.