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Book Launch: Liar's Candle: A Conversation with August Thomas

April 24, 2018 from 12:30pm-2:00pm EST
McGhee Library (ICC 301), Edward B. Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Speaker: August Thomas
Moderator: Nicholas Danforth, Senior Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center

Synopsis: In present-day Ankara, a brutal terror attack on the US Embassy triggers a deadly 36-hour odyssey for 21-year-old diplomatic intern Penny Kessler. Penny wakes up in a hospital the day after the bombing at the Embassy's 4th of July party to find a photograph of her fleeing the carnage is plastered across every front page. Now, everyone from the CIA to Turkey's shadowy powerbrokers is convinced Penny holds the key to the horrible event. At breakneck pace, Liar's Candle tells the story of Penny's desperate struggle to free herself from a quagmire of broken alliances and backstabbing espionage that threatens to cost even more lives and shatter a precarious peace.

About the Author: Informed by August Thomas's deep knowledge of Turkey - where she studied as a Fulbright scholar - Liar's Candle is as breathtaking and relevant as acclaimed political thrillers by John le Carré and Graham Greene, updated to reflect the unique threats of the 21st century. Liar's Candle brings new energy to the spy genre as a millennial, feminist heroine teams up with a gay CIA officer to fend off threats to the United States from within and without. Fluent in Turkish, August Thomas (26) holds Master's degrees from universities in Turkey and Scotland. She graduated with two B.A.s from the University of Massachusetts at the age of 18. Besides living in Istanbul and Ankara, she's worked as a travel writer all over Turkey.

"Liar's Candle is a stunning debut, a novel that brings the le Carré and Follett traditions into the 21st century. Breakneck pacing, sharply observed detail, an all-too-plausible plot and a protagonist to cheer for - well done, August Thomas, well done." - Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch and Judgment

Signed copies of the novel will be available for purchase after the event.

Light Refreshments will be served.

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