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The End of October: A Novel
Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


When he began writing “The End of October,” a medical thriller about a deadly virus that sweeps across the world after coming to life in a refugee camp in India, Lawrence Wright says, “I thought it might happen one day but I didn’t think it would happen today… As I read the papers and watch the news, I have that same unsettled sensation of revisiting scenes that I have already written.” Wright, haunted by years of research for this novel, discovered not only the courage of the people fighting these opportunistic diseases but also the residual effects of great pandemics. Join us for an extraordinary webcast with the author on May 8.

Lawrence Wright is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. “The End of October” is not his first prescient work. Wright’s 1998 screenplay, “The Siege,” predicted a series of terrorist attacks on New York City, and his 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning “The Looming Tower” is the definitive account of the rise of Al Qaeda. Woodrow Wilson Hight School alumni Wright, who lives in Austin, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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