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Saturday, October 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Tricks of Perspective: Reimagining the WWII Narrative

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Deborah Baker discusses her Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award finalist The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire which uncovers the true story of the rivalry between pioneering geologist John Auden and pioneering cartographer Michael Spender. Both men had literary icons for younger brothers (W.H. Auden & Stephen Spender), had fallen in love with painter Nancy Sharp, and had declared it their mission to reach Mount Everest’s summit. While the British Empire struggled to keep control over India, The Last Englishmen “takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. . . . Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain” - Kirkus Reviews. Baker’s reading and discussion is moderated by historical fiction author Carrie Callaghan.

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Deborah Baker

Deborah Baker is the author of Making a Farm; In Extremis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; A Blue Hand; and The Convert, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in India and New York. Photo credit: Julienne Schaer 

Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030