Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Barack Obama received ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. In TO OBAMA, Jeanne Marie Laskas features more than 100 original letters, which deeply affected not only the president but also the policies he pursued, and interviews President Obama, several of the letter writers themselves, and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama administration. We are extremely proud that, when she appears at the store tonight to talk about her book, she’ll be joined by two local letter-writers who are featured in the book: Dr. Tracy LaRock and Noor Abdelfattah.
Laskas, Dr. LaRock, and Abdelfattah will be in conversation as well as hosting a Q&A session with the audience, a book signing, and slideshow.
Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Concussion, the basis for the 2015 Golden Globe nominated film starring Will Smith. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, a correspondent at GQ, and a two-time National Magazine Award finalist. Her stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Esquire. She serves as Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Center for Creativity at the University of Pittsburgh, and lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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