AMERICAN ENDING | A Busboys and Poets Presentation

AMERICAN ENDING | A Busboys and Poets Presentation

Date and Time

Sep 20, 2023 6:00 pm

Location

Takoma

235 Carroll St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20012

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Description:

In an Appalachian coal mining town, Yelena is the first American born in her family. Before the night’s bedtime story, Ma asks “Russian ending or American ending?” This refrain haunts American Ending, a gritty darkly humorous tale of immigration, a worldwide pandemic, and the fragility of citizenship—100 years ago. American Ending has been featured on Oprah Daily, The Daily Beast, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Mary Kay Zuravleff is joining us on the Busboys stage in conversation with Louis Bayard. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and Zuravleff will be signing following the program.

This event is free and open to all. The room will be reserved starting at 6:00 pm for an hour of cocktails and mingling to discuss the book amongst participants; the program itself will begin at 7:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of AMERICAN ENDING will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will NOT be livestreamed.

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Mary Kay Zuravleff is the award-winning author of American Ending, inspired by her Russian Orthodox Old Believer grandparents who lived in Marianna and Erie, Pennsylvania. Her novel Man Alive! was a Washington Post Notable Book, and she has received the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award and numerous DC Arts and Humanities fellowships. She lives in Washington, DC.

Louis Bayard’s acclaimed novels include The Pale Blue Eye, adapted into the global #1 Netflix release starring Christian Bale, Jackie & Me, ranked by The Washington Post as one of the top novels of 2022, the national bestseller Courting Mr. LincolnRoosevelt's BeastThe School of NightThe Black Tower, and Mr. Timothy, as well as the highly praised young-adult novel, Lucky Strikes. An instructor at George Washington University, he is the chair of the PEN/Faulkner Awards and was the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times..

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