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Best-selling Author, Russell Shorto, to Read at Chatham University

Best-selling author, Russell Shorto will read on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room on the Shaydside Campus of Chatham University. A book signing and reception will follow the reading, and is free and open to the public.

Russell Shorto is the author of Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, and the national bestseller The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America. He has been a contributing writer for New York Times Magazine since 2003. He has also written for The New Republic, The Nation, GQ, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Op-Ed Page, a variety of Dutch publications, including the newsweekly Vrij Nederland and the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad, and other publications.  He is a fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the Advisory Board of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. In 2009, he received a knighthood from the Dutch government for advancing Dutch-American relations. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three of his children.

Praise for Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City:

“Russell Shorto’s luminous book is a riveting history of one of the world’s most remarkable cities. It is also an entertaining history full of deftly drawn characters and intoxicating ideas which have made Amsterdam the birthplace of liberalism in its many and shifting incarnations.” – Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation

Contact: Sheryl St. Germain, Director Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing, 412-365-1190,