Literature: Pulitzer Power Couple

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The Hay-Adams Author Series hosts award-winning authors Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz for lunch and food for thought.
By Jill A. Norris

Hans Bruland, general manager & vice president of the Hay-Adams with Gina Adams vice president of Federal Express. Photo by (Dan Chung)

Over 120 bookworms and VIPs attended the Hays-Adam Author Series recently to see not only one Pulitzer-Prize winning author, but two. The literarti duo of Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz discuss their award-winning works  Caleb’s Crossing and Midnight Rising, respectively… and, of course, enjoy the hotel’s delectable lunch offerings.  Brooks, a native of Sydney Australia and Tony Horwitz, an American, married in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France in 1984.

The event was co-hosted by Hay-Adams President Kay Enokido and Washington Post fiction editor and weekly book critic Ron Charles, who led the discussion on the art of writing historical fiction and non-fiction. Although both novelists can be similarly catorgoized, each writer provided their own unique spin on their approach to these genres.

Guests of the event gathered in the hotel’s rooftop venue as a prepared lunch awaited. Known for its attention to detail, the Hay-Adams team designed a Martha’s Vineyard inspired menu and decor to match the setting of Brooks’ novel, which was certainly a better option than choosing a theme based on the violent raid on Harper’s Ferry – the focal point of Horwitz’s novel. Brooks and Horwitz have two sons, Nathaniel and Bizuayehu, and live on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

For more information on the next Author Series, please visit the Hay-Adams official website.

Kay Enokido, president of The Hay-Adams, greets guests. (Photo by Dan Chung)

Q&A session. (Photo by Dan Chung)

Bob Watkins getting his book signed by Tony Horwitz. (Photo by Dan Chung)

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