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Book Fest: Lawrence Wright

Date: November 14, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: 
ZOOM Webinar
Contact: Katie Glazier

BOOK FEST IN YOUR LIVING ROOM PRESENTS:

Lawrence Wright, The End of October: A Novel

In partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Cost: $11 (webinar only) or $35 (webinar + 1 copy of book)

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Lawrence Wright, The End of October: A Novel

“An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global... A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” —New York Post

In this riveting medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, Lawrence Wright, Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons--microbiologist, epidemiologist--travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city... Russian émigré, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare. Already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife, Jill, and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta. The disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the fascinating history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a playwright, a screenwriter, and the author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and God Save Texas, and one previous novel, God's Favorite. His books have received many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.

 


Programs will be recorded and made available to ticket holders for seven days following the event. Please email Book.Festival@atlantajcc.org for access to the link. 

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