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Between the Lines: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Murder, espionage, and two of the greatest writers of the twentieth century: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak. Two new books combine the real-life stories: behind the book Harper Lee never wrote, and one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century, Doctor Zhivago. In the 1970s, Harper Lee traveled back to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood. In Furious Hours, Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. An instant bestseller, Lara Presecott’s The Secrets We Kept is a thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. Moderated by Pamela Paul of The New York Times.

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Casey Cep

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications. Furious Hours is her first book. 
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Lara Prescott

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One, and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Timeswhich she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times. She is the author and editor of five books: My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, Parenting, Inc., and By the BookShe is a former columnist for The Economist, Worthand The New York Times Styles section. Her work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington PostSlateVogue, Psychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine and other national publications. Her latest book is How to Raise a Reader, co-written with Maria Russo.
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