WWII Book Event “Hamlet’s Children” (Berkeley)
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Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore | 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA
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Join us at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore on Tuesday, August 15th, 7pm when local Pulitzer Prize winning novelist RICHARD KLUGER will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his new book Hamlet’s Children, a riveting World War II drama about how the members of a stalwart Danish family, each in a different way, resist the five-year stranglehold on their peace-loving little nation by a ruthless conqueror. Richard will be joined in conversation by Berkeley publishing icon STEVE WASSERMAN.
RICHARD KLUGER is a native of Paterson, New Jersey, grew up in Manhattan, and graduated from Princeton University. As a young journalist, he wrote and edited for The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and became the last literary editor of the New York Herald Tribune and its Sunday supplement, Book Week. He then entered the book industry, rising to executive editor of Simon & Schuster, editor-in-chief of Atheneum, and publisher of Charterhouse Books. Amid the wave of social protests sweeping the U.S. in the 1960s and early ’70s, he turned to writing both fiction and nonfiction works that have won critical acclaim. His two best known works are Simple Justice, considered the definitive account of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark decision outlawing racially segregated public schools, and Ashes to Ashes, a chastising history of the cigarette industry and its lethal toll on smokers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. His seven previous novels include National Anthem, Members of the Tribe, and The Sheriff of Nottingham. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Phyllis.
STEVE WASSERMAN is publisher of Heyday, a nonprofit independent press founded in Berkeley in 1974. He is past editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and former publisher of Hill & Wang, an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux and editor at large for Yale University Press. He also worked as a literary agent representing, among others, the late Christopher Hitchens, film historian and critic David Thomson, and singer Linda Ronstadt.
The event is free, but attendees must register through Eventbrite or at the store.