Pen, Paper and Palate: International Spies

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Pen, Paper and Palate: International Spies
with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney

Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin

Tuesday, April 21 | 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 “International Spies” at Sebastian Junger and Scott Anderson’s The Half King. The evening will feature a special menu will be available for those who wish to linger for conversation and book signings.

Panelists include:

Eric Lichtblau is a New York Times investigative reporter in Washington DC. In 2006 he won a Pulitzer Prize for stories on the NSA's secret wiretapping operations. He has also appeared as a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN, ABC, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Nazies Next Door and Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice.

Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt,Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, his work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper's and Outside. He is the author of novels Moonlight Hotel and Triage and of non-fiction books Lawrence in Arabia, The Man Who Tried to Save the World and The 4 O'Clock Murders, and co-author of War Zones and Inside The League with his brother Jon Lee Anderson.

Alex Berenson is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of seven thriller novels and one work of non-fiction. He is the winner of the Edgar Award and #1 New York Times best seller. At The New York Times, he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina; in 2003 and 2004, he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel.

James Grady is The New York Times bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor, which became the Robert Redford movie Three Days of the Condor. Besides working as a screenwriter for CBS, FX, HBO, and major studios, his journalism includes street time as a muckraker for columnist Jack Anderson after Watergate and being a cultural columnist for AOL's PoliticsDaily.com. Internationally renowned for his work, Grady won France's Grand Prix du Roman Noir, Italy's Raymond Chandler medal, and was named by London's Daily Telegraph as "one of 50 crime writers to read before you die."

The eighth Pen, Paper and Palate follows on a successful line-up of panels that have included David Finkel, Mark harris, John C. McManus, Amanda Vaill, Christopher Tennant, George Rush and Joanna Molloy, and Ben Widdicombe, 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.



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.


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"Lichtblau brings ample investigative skills and an elegant writing style to this unsavory but important story. The Nazis Next Door is a captivating book rooted in first-rate research."The New York Times Book Review

“Captivating.”Newsweek, Favorite Books of 2014

"Thoroughly riveting…Rich in detail, this work is a necessary corrective to our understanding of postwar American history. An essential read for all those interested in World War II, the Cold War, and 20th-century history."Library Journal

"Fascinating and infuriating corrective to the American mythology of the 'Good War.'"Kirkus Reviews


"Superbly fine-tuned. . . . Anderson does a fine job of piecing together the many conflicting
Middle East interests. . . . An original, illuminating history that requires and rewards close attention." -Janet Maslin, Top 10 Favorite Books of the Year, The New York Times

"[Anderson's] expansive, mesmerizing, and-dare one say-cinematically detailed Lawrence in Arabia exemplifies the ways biography and history can enhance each other." -The Wall Street Journal



“Lots of thriller writers know how to work a ticking clock, and lots more come to the genre with some experience in international politics, but few put the two together as effectively as Berenson…Action fans will get all they came for…but those looking for genuine insight into the subtleties of the geopolitical chess game will be equally satisfied.” — Booklist, starred review of Twelve Days

Well worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date.” Kirkus, starred review of Twelve Days

“Whatever real-world geopolitical threat you’re following, chances are the fictional John Wells has already handled it in his ripped-from-the-headlines adventures.”—NPR Books on The Counterfeit Agent (2014)


“Grady's prolonged action scenes are terrific … [his] anti-heroic spy returns in fine form in an up-to-the-minute novel to which the author, a former Washington investigator, brings plenty of insider knowledge. “ —Kirkus Reviews

A page-turning, ultra-modern, sexy spy thriller…Terrific!" —Stephen Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Point of Impact

"James Grady is a pro, and he never disappoints." Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Panther

"(W)onderful…Reading the novel, I sometimes thought of Orwell's novel `1984,' sometimes of the Dylan song `Desolation Row'….Grady's story is deadly serious….a novel that's supremely entertaining and a sad, important look at the United States today.”The Washington Post

“Grady is a master of intrigue.”—John Grisham, international bestselling author of Gray Mountain

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