Literary writer and producer of a Netflix series Jeff Sharlet will introduce at The Tory Hill Authors Series on Aug. 21. Sharlet is an award-winning literary columnist and writer of seven books including New York Times bestseller, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. He is likewise the executive producer of the top-rated Netflix documentary series dependent on the books.

His new book is This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers. In this marvelous collection of pictures and reflections, he welcomes us to see his subjects – individuals, moments and things we actively ignore or take no notice of.

“This is a book of other people’s lives, lives that became, for a moment – the duration of a snapshot – my life, too,” Sharlet said.

He is the Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professor in the Art of Writing, an individual from the Society of Fellows, and Director of Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is an editor-at-large for Virginia Quarterly Review and a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone. He has additionally added to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Mother Jones, and more.

His work has acquired various awards, including the National Magazine Award, the Outspoken Award, the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, the University of Virginia’s Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Thomas Jefferson Award, and he has been the recipient of various fellowships from the MacDowell Colony.

He has been a frequent visitor on The Rachel Maddow Show, Fresh Air, All In with Chris Hayes, CNN, and numerous other TV and radio programs, and a speaker at colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Penn, UVA, USC, University of Iowa, the Naval War College, and numerous others. He has been a Visiting Academic at Trinity College Dublin and a Visiting Research Scholar at NYU.

The Tory Hill Authors Series is an annual summer event sponsored by the Warner Historical Society displaying locally and nationally realized writers reading and discussing their books and personal experiences. The audience will actually want to cooperate with the author online. The readings start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and might be bought online at toryhillauthorsseries.com. A zoom link will be sent upon buy.

The Warner Historical Society was formed more than 50 years prior to preserve, teach about and keep alive Warner’s heritage. The Society has yearly exhibits and programs in the Upton Chandler House Museum on Main Street and keeps up with the Lower Warner Meeting House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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