Sundance Resort's 2009 Tree Room Author Series Presents David Hajdu Award Winning Author
of The Ten Cent Plague

SUNDANCE, UTAH (June, 2009)—Author David Hajdu will speak on his book, The Ten Cent Plague at the Tree Room Author Series, on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 12 noon. Hajdu explores that time after World War II and prior to American television when the comic book was the medium that explored the changes that the country was experiencing its own "pulpy, brightly colored way."


The comic book captured the essence of the irreverence of the changing culture that was transitioning from pre war to post war standards. This brief period in history revised popular culture as we know it today and was the precursor to the rock and roll generation. The Ten Cent Plague is Hajdu's third book. His other two books include Lush Life: a Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. He is a critic for the New Republic and is also a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


Event tickets include the lecture and discussion, a signed copy of the author's book and brunch in the award winning Tree Room. Single event tickets are $95 per person with a series package available for $270. Purchasers of the three author package are eligible for a discount on additional events in the series. Tickets and required advance reservations are available by calling 866-734-4428.


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Upcoming Authors in the Series include:


July 18
Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals


Investigative journalist, Jane Mayer takes a hard look at the Bush Administration's use of torture at the expense of American ideals and ethics in the War on Terror. In The Dark Side, Mayer, who has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1995 and co authored two books, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas and Landslide: The Unmaking of a President, 1984-1988, "examines both the controversial war on terror and the home front struggle to circumvent legal obstacles to is prosecution." The Dark Side is "essential reading for those who think they can stand the truth," commented Bob Herbert, The New York Times.


August 15
E.O. Wilson, author of On Human Nature


In his Pulitzer Prize winning work, scientist and biologist E.O. Wilson, examines the link between genetic inheritance and the human mind, and the limits that social and environmental factors have on behavior.


"Twenty-five years after its first publication, Harvard University Press has re-released Edward O. Wilson's classic work, On Human Nature. A double Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson is a writer of effortless grace and stylish succinctness and this is one of his finest, most important books...A highly influential, elegantly written book," commented Robin McKie, The Observer.


August 29
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


Klein, a Canadian journalist, author and activist, well known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization, will speak on her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, an international and New York Times bestseller. The Shock Doctrine argues that the free market policies of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics have gained a stronghold and risen to prominence in countries that were experiencing shock from disasters or upheavals, including Chile under Pinochet, Russia under Yeltsin and the United States.


September 12
Dr. Paul Ekman, author of Emotional Awareness


In his book, Emotional Awareness, Psychologist, Dr. Paul Ekman, joins with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to explore the connections between the science of emotions and spirituality, the bonds between east and west and our emotional lives. These conversations take us on a spiritual journey that leads to a better understanding to the nature of our emotions and the quality of our emotional lives.


September 19
James Orbinski, An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the Twenty-First Century


Canadian physician, humanitarian and former president of Doctors Without Borders, James Orbinski, M.D., shares his insights from spending his life bringing humanitarian work to the front lines of the most dangerous areas of conflict in the world. The book not only inspires us but enlightens us as to the courage of those who are suffering and how to contribute to alleviating their plight without losing sight of their inherent dignity and need to act in their own behalf. Dr. Orbinski received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize for MSF in Oslo, Norway.


October 24
Dexter Filkins, The Forever War


New York Times Foreign Correspondent and Author, Dexter Filkins will speak on his book, The Forever War. Filkins received the 2004 George Polk Award for War Reporting given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. Filkins shows the reader the chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11 and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In The Forever War, Filkins paints a portrait of the realities of the war in Iraq, told not from a political perspective, but from the human perspective taking the reader along on a visceral journey of the terrors of a war that has become the most defining conflict of our time. Filkins focuses on the day to day, as he takes the reader across the vast landscape of a war torn country.


December 12
Dr. Dean Ornish, author of Eat More, Weigh Less


Dr. Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif., where he holds the Safeway Chair. He is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. In his book, Eat More, Weigh Less, Ornish explains that the key to good health and weight loss is not necessarily eating less and restricting calories but in eating foods that are high in fiber, low in fat. These foods can be eaten in abundance and not only lead to weight loss but to health and well-being without deprivation.





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