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Vroman's Celebrates 125 years with special anniversary events

Vroman’s Presents Richard Stengel, in conversation with Amy Wilentz discussing and signing Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do about It

book signing with Richard Stengel and Amy Wilentz on Wednesday October 30th at 7pm

This event is now free and open to the public. Copies of Information Wars will be available for purchase. Booksigning to follow the program

Disinformation is as old as humanity. When Satan told Eve nothing would happen if she bit the apple, that was disinformation. But the rise of social media has made disinformation even more pervasive and pernicious in our current era. In a disturbing turn of events, governments are increasingly using disinformation to create their own false narratives, and democracies are proving not to be very good at fighting it.  During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of this new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS's messaging and Russian disinformation.

Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt left out by modernism. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump.  In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through of this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. He illustrates how ISIS terrorized the world using social media, and how the Russians launched a tsunami of disinformation around the annexation of Crimea - a scheme that became the model for their interference with the 2016 presidential election. An urgent book for our times, Information Wars stresses that we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy. (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Richard will be in conversation with journalist and writer Amy Wilentz for this event. 

Amy Wilentz is the author of Farewell Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti (2013), The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier (1990), Martyrs’ Crossing (2000), and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger (2006). She is the winner of the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. Her books have been recognized by the New York Public Library, the New York Times Best Books list, and Kirkus Best Books. In 1990 she was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for The Rainy Season. She won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for memoir for Farewell, Fred Voodoo. Wilentz is the former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker and a long-time contributing editor at The Nation. She has written for The New York Times,The Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times Time magazine, The New RepublicThe Village Voice, and many other publications. She teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine.

Location: Pasadena Public Library, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena 91101. Donald R. Wright Auditorium

This event is now free and open to the public. Copies of Information Wars will be available for purchase. Booksigning to follow the program

If there are any questions please call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit us at  www.vromansbookstore.com.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
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