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Portland Arts & Lectures: Lawrence Wright

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway

January 14, 2014


Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of nine books, including the best seller The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Newsday called it, “A gripping, exhaustive, remarkably evenhanded investigation of the religion everyone loves to hate.” Wright has been at the New Yorker since 1996, and has written stories on controversial subjects such as cult leader Jim Jones, "recovered" memories, 9/11, the FBI, and Manuel Noregia. His article, "The Man Behind Bin Laden" won a National Magazine Award. Wright says, “I write about things I’m drawn to. If I’m interested in it, I think I can make other people interested, too.”

Portland Arts & Lectures

The 29th season of Portland Arts & Lectures begins on October 8, 2013 with a lecture by Salman Rushdie, the celebrated and controversial international author of eleven novels. Ann Patchett, the author most requested by the audience in a recent survey, will appear November 20, 2013. January 14, 2014 brings Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author of The Looming TowerLawrence Wright, whose most recent book is Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Graphic novelist and noted cartoonist Chris Ware will appear in conversation with renowned book designer Chip Kidd on February 18, 2014. The season rounds out with one of the most significant and critically-acclaimed Latina writers, Julia Alvarez, on April 3, 2014.

Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought leading authors, historians, artists and critics to our community to discuss their work and the trajectory of contemporary culture, connecting readers and writers of all ages in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and engagement with events, classroom visits, and forums. Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists and thinkers to our community.