P.J. O’Rourke and Lionel Shriver on the Battle for the White House

Thu Nov 21 2019 at 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, United Kingdom

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, United Kingdom

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Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke has been described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the funniest writer in America’. The Observer called him ‘the acceptable face of U.S. Republican arrogance’. He is the author of such bestsellers as Republican Party Reptile and has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer.

On Thursday 21st November, O’Rourke will be joined by the American novelist and commentator Lionel Shriver for a dissection of the American presidential race. O’Rourke is a lifelong Republican but in 2016 he backed Hillary Clinton, describing her as ‘the second-worst thing that could happen to America’. So who will be his pick for 2020? He has already rubbished the firebrand socialist Bernie Sanders, claiming that ‘Bernie doesn’t know the Berlin Wall fell and doesn’t know he’s still standing on the wrong side of it’, and has described President Trump as a ‘reptile’ and a ‘flying monkey’. And he’s unlikely to hold back when it comes to Biden, Beto, Booker, Buttigieg, Warren, Harris or any of the other candidates in the race.

Join us on November 21st, when the U.S. presidential primary campaign will be in full swing, for a night of withering satire, relentless ridicule and sharp political insight.

SpeakersP.J. O’RourkeAuthor, journalist and humoristAuthor, journalist and humorist, renowned for his political satire. He is the author of 17 books, including Holidays in Hell and Republican Party Reptile, and is a columnist for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic Monthly and The Weekly Standard. His book about the 2016 US presidential race, How the Hell Did This Happen?, was published in March 2017.Lionel ShriverNovelist and journalistAuthor of twelve novels, including the bestsellers The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 and the Orange-Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (also a 2011 feature film). She won the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award, and her novella and story collection Property was published in 2018. She is a prolific journalist whose writing has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, amongst other publications.CHAIRRazia IqbalBBC journalist and broadcasterOne of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship international news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. She also regularly presents The World Tonight on Radio 4. 

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