Thu, 3 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

New Yorker Editor David Remnick Meets Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright

The Plague Year

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Join two of America’s most distinguished journalists for an unprecedented account of Covid-19—its origins, its repercussions, and the ongoing global fight to contain it.

From the fateful first moments of the outbreak in China to the extraordinary vaccine rollout, Lawrence Wright has documented the story of Covid-19 in authoritative, galvanizing detail and with the full drama of events on both a global and intimate scale, illuminating the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the pandemic.

In conversation with New Yorker editor David Remnick, he will guide us through the dense fog of misinformation to give us a 360-degree portrait of the catastrophe we thought we knew as we lived through it. He will take us inside the Center for Disease Control and the White House, into a hospital COVID ward, into the realm of prediction specialists – and even inside the human body, diving deep into the science of how virus and vaccines function.

Lawrence says: “We are witnessing an extraordinary moment in history, where lives are being lost to COVID 19 every day. As a reporter, I feel a great responsibility to give a full accounting of what has happened – indeed is still happening – and to sort through the science, to address the political calamity, to gain an understanding of what has led to this moment, and to pay tribute to all the professionals who are putting their lives on the line.”

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Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Looming Tower

Lawrence Wright has written for many years for the New Yorker and is the author of the bestselling The Looming Tower, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

David Remnick

Editor of The New Yorker

David Remnick has been the editor of the New Yorker since 1998. He is the author of The Bridge, a biography of Barack Obama; King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali; and other books.