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Speaking of Books: A Conversation with Masha Gessen

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McKeldin Library, Special Events Room (6137)
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Masha Gessen discussed her new book which profiles the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy.

Read excerpts from Masha Gessen's newly published book, The Americans: The Road to an American Tragedy.

Excerpt 1. 

Excerpt 2.

Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, activist, and author known for her LGBT rights and free speech activism and opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Gessen identifies as a lesbian and has been an active promoter of social justice in Russia since 1993, creating the Pink Triangle Campaign as a response to increased persecution under "gay propaganda" laws. She is a mother of three and moved to New York with her partner in 2013 after Russian authorities raised the possibility of removing children from gay parents.

Her work focuses on critique of Russian domestic social and political issues. She is the author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Her upcoming book, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, explores the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers, perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings. Her articles and op-ed pieces have been published nationally in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Gessen is the 2015 Maya Brin Resident sponsored by the university's Russian Department within the College of Arts and Humanities.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the University Libraries.

For more information, and to view a schedule of  Gessen's other speaking engagements on campus, click here.