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The Order of the Day

Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM (PST)

The Order of the Day

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Mechanics' Institute Member   more info Nov 8, 2018 Free $0.00
Alliance Francaise SF Nov 8, 2018 Free $0.00
French Embassy and Co-Sponsors Nov 8, 2018 Free $0.00
Public Nov 8, 2018 $15.00 $0.00

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Author Éric Vuillard in conversation with novelist Cara Black

(Translation by Mark Polizzotti)

 

Co-sponsored by Alliance Francaise SF

 

Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis. The true behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss--a patchwork of minor flourishes of strength and fine words, fevered telephone calls, and vulgar threats--all reveal a starkly different picture. With this vivid, compelling history, Éric Vuillard warns against the peril of willfully blind acquiescence, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable.

 

Éric Vuillard is a writer and filmmaker born in Lyon in 1968 who has written nine award-winning books, including Conquistadors (winner of the 2010 Prix Ignatius J. Reilly), and La bataille d’Occident and Congo (both of which received the 2012 Prix Franz-Hessel and the 2013 Prix Valery-Larbaud). He won the 2017 Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, for L’Ordre du Jour. His most recent book, Sorrow of the Earth, was his first published in English; The Order of the Day is his second. He lives in Rennes, France.

 

Cara Black lives in Noe Valley with her bookseller husband, Jun, owner of Foto-Graphix Books, and her son, Tate. She's a San Francisco Library Laureate, Macavity and three-time Anthony Award nominee for her series, Aimée Leduc Investigations, set in Paris.

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Mechanics' Institute - 4th Floor Meeting Room
57 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94104

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM (PST)


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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

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