826NYC celebrated 10 years last night with an amazing event at Town Hall in New York. Several Riverhead authors participated, including Sarah Vowell, Jon Ronson, and Masha Gessen. A star-studded event for a great organization!
Masha Gessen, Sarah Vowell AND Jon Ronson…together on the same stage? It’s almost too good to be true…but believe us: it’s happening!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 - 7:30 PM
826 NYC 10TH ANNIVERSARY CHAT SPECTACULAR
TOWN HALL NYC, 123 W. 43rd STREET
Celebrating ten years of one-on-one academic and writing mentorship, 826NYC’s Chat Spectacular will feature artists in conversation including:
*Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns interviewed by author Kurt Andersen
*Musician and journalist Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson interviewed by comedian John Oliver
*Russian author Masha Gessen interviewed by journalist Anand Giridharadas
*Actor Chris O’Dowd interviewed by author Jon Ronson
*Portlandia’s Fred Armisen interviews the audience
*Musical interlude by Robyn Hitchcock
One-on-one will be hosted by author Sarah Vowell and comedian Eugene Mirman
Tickets: $40, $50, and $250. $250 includes a backstage reception after the show and $100 tax-deductible donation!
Sponsored by Kikkerland Design, Hachette Book Group and The Brooklyn Brewery.
Benefit Commitee: Ryan Chapman, Jason Diamond, Charlotte Druckman, Katie Freeman, Maris Kreizman, Lisa Lucas, Paul Morris, Steph Opitz
Pussy Riot visits New York! As Publishers Weekly's Jessamine Chan writes,
"For readers who have been following Pussy Riot’s story and anyone interested in contemporary Russian politics and society, I heartily recommend the incredibly vivid, engaging, and compassionate new book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen (The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin)…”
Read the full article here.
Flavorwire’s list of 2014 female cultural power players features two Riverhead authors — Helen Oyeyemi and Masha Gessen! Check out Helen’s novels, Mr. Fox, White is for Witching, and the forthcoming Boy, Snow, Bird. And check out Masha’s Putin biography, The Man Without a Face, and her newly released book about Pussy Riot, Words Will Break Cement.
In the past year, there has been a large number of very restrictive, very scary laws that have created not just a chilling effect but an atmosphere of absolute hopelessness for many Russians.
Masha Gessen on Putin & Pussy Riot, at Marie Claire!
Did you catch Masha Gessen on The Daily Show last night discussing THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE, the chilling account of how low-level KGB operative Vladimir Putin maneuvered his way into absolute-and absolutely corrupt-power. Here’s Masha and some members of her Riverhead team chatting with Jon Stewart in the green room before the show.