Julie Orringer presents "The Flight Portfolio," with Andrew Sean Greer

June 30, 2020, 7:30 PM

Julie Orringer joins us to present "The Flight Portfolio," in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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A sweeping historical novel, based on real events, from the award-winning author of The Invisible Bridge: an unlikely hero’s efforts to save some of Europe’s greatest minds from the Nazis.

In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks. Instead, he stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. A gripping tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage, The Flight Portfolio brilliantly juxtaposes the sweep of history with the fate of the individual.

JULIE ORRINGER is the author of two award-winning books: The Invisible Bridge, a novel, and the short-story collection How to Breathe Underwater, both New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn.

ANDREW SEAN GREER is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less.  Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award.  He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.