Julie Orringer, the bestselling author of The Invisible Bridge, returns to occupied Europe in her new historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust. In 1940, Fry, a Harvard educated American journalist, traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

Julie Orringer will be joined in conversation with Megan O'Grady, writer at large at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Sponsored by the Elaine Kaplan Memorial Fund.

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