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Pen, Paper and Palate: Military Histories

$8 member /
$10 non-member


Pen, Paper and Palate: Military Histories
with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney

Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin

Wednesday, November 19 | 7 pm
Doors Open at 6:30 pm

at The Half King
505 W. 23rd Street at 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Frank Delaney moderates a conversation with an esteemed panel of writers for a witty and engrossing literary salon on the topic of “Military Histories.” Panelists include journalist and author Mark Harris (author of Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War); award-winning professor, author, and military historian John C. McManus (author of The Dead and Those About to Die: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, and Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible); biographer, journalist, and screenwriter Amanda Vaill (author of Hotel Florida, on the tangled Spanish Civil War destinies of Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn and Robert Capa); and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel (author of bestselling and award-winning The Good Soldiers and critically acclaimed Thank You For Your Service). The evening will be presented at Sebastian Junger and Scott Anderson’s The Half King.

A special menu will be available for those who wish to linger for conversation and book signings.

The seventh Pen, Paper and Palate follows on a successful line-up of panels that have included Winston Groom, Hannah Pakula, Sam Wasson, Marc Dolan, and Laurence Bergreen, Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, Sebastian Junger, Andrew McCarthy, Edmund White, Colum McCann, Pete Hamill, Joseph O’Neill, Drew Nieporent, Mary Gordon, Susan Eisenhower and more.

This event is likely to sell out as space is very limited. Please book early.




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Ruda Dauphin is an accomplished Artistic Coordinator of Int'l Film Festivals and TV Documentaries, as well as the American Academy of Poets Annual evening at Lincoln Center. She has consulted on the PBS TV series, 100 Years of American Cinema, co-produced the Monte Carlo Film and Literary Forum for Prince Albert, is a voting member of BAfTA ( British Academy of Film and TV ) is an Officer of the French Medal of Arts and Letters and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal for Outstanding Achievement She is Exec. Director and creator of Pen, Paper, and Palate.

Frank Delaney is "The Most Eloquent Man in the World," says NPR. He is a writer, broadcaster, BBC host and Booker Prize Judge, with a career that has lasted more than three decades. An international-best-selling author himself, Frank has interviewed more than 3,500 of the world's most important writers.

David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, listed a best book of 2009 by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Slate.com, and The Boston Globe, and winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a staff writer for The Washington Post, and is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen, and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2012. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

Mark Harris is an American journalist and author. He is best known as writer of the book Pictures at a Revolution, and as an executive editor and columnist for Entertainment Weekly. Harris graduated from Yale University in 1985. He is a former executive editor at Entertainment Weekly. He has also written for The New York Times, Fortune, The Guardian, and Slate. Harris remains a columnist for Entertainment Weekly,writing "The Final Cut." In July 2012, Harris wrote the magazine's cover story on coming out in Hollywood.

John C. McManus is a military historian, author, and professor of military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology from St. Louis, Missouri. McManus has published eleven books on numerous American military history topics, including: the allied invasion of Normandy, American infantry soldiers, and the 7th Infantry Regiment.


Amanda Vaill is a biographer, journalist, and screenwriter: the author of Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography. In addition she is a co-author of Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, an illustrated study of the work of her designer grandfather, and has edited or contributed to a number of other books, most recently The Beatles Are Here!, an anthology of reminiscences about the eponymous band’s first visit to the United States fifty years ago. Her new book, a work of narrative historical nonfiction entitled Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in April 2014.


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