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Author Presentation: Twentieth Century Limited by Jan David Blais
Sunday, January 13, 2013
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Teen/Young Adult Room (Ground Floor)
Meet the author of Twentieth Century Limited
Jan David Blais’ Epic Novel of Courage and its Consequences
A Vietnam Vet overcomes disabling injuries to become an award-winning reporter and TV newsman. Known for holding a mirror to American society and long critical of the radical right, Paul Bernard attacks the Bush Administration for Osama bin Laden’s escape and for leading the nation into a disastrous war. On assignment in Iraq he is killed under suspicious circumstances. His old professor and mentor then joins with a writer profiling Bernard to seek the truth about the killing.
Asked why he wrote Twentieth Century Limited, Blais commented, “More than a good read, its portrayal of America’s decades of stalemate and folly reminds us of the importance of not forgetting. ‘Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.’”
Twentieth Century Limited Book One – Age of Heroes tells of Paul Bernard’s coming of age, his Canadian immigrant roots, the patriotism and religious intensity of his early years. Then comes the devastation of Vietnam, recovery, return, and immersion in the New York newspaper scene.
In Book Two – Age of Reckoning, Bernard is a prominent critic of America’s Middle East oil dependency. As a foreign correspondent in Paris and Moscow, he covers the great year 1989 in Europe and the Gulf War. Bernard’s move to TV news is marked by clashes with the radical right over the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 election and the government’s response to 9/11, culminating in his controversial stance against the Iraq War and the dramatic final events of the book.
Jan David Blais is an American author and lawyer with preparation for his varied careers including Holy Cross College, Harvard’s Kennedy School, Harvard Law School and the University of California Berkeley.
Born in Providence, R.I., Blais now lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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