“One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy.” – President Barack Obama

“One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy.”
President Barack Obama

February 1 Book Event

A Conversation with Samantha Power and Laura Dern – “The Education of an Idealist”

A virtual event with independent booksellers across the US.

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 6-7pm EST

Join former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern for a wide-ranging conversation to mark the paperback release of Power’s critically acclaimed, best-selling memoir The Education of an Idealist.
By purchasing a copy of The Education of an Idealist from any one of the independent bookstores linked below, you will secure your ticket to the event. Leading up to Feb. 1, you will receive an email from the bookstore with instructions for accessing the event.

Participating Bookstores
Purchase your ticket from any one of these stores:

Northshire Bookstore (Manchester, VT)
Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)
Harvard Bookstore (Cambridge, MA)
Novel (Memphis, TN)
Greedy Reads (Baltimore, MD)
The Bookworm (Omaha, NE)
Bookshop West Portal (San Francisco, CA)
Literati (Ann Arbor, MI)
East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)
Bookends (Ridgewood, NJ)
Next Chapter Booksellers (St. Paul, MN)
Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)
FoxTale Book Shoppe (Woodstock, GA)
Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)
RJ Julia Booksellers (Madison, CT)

More Information

The Education of an Idealist is “a wonderful book” (The New York Times), “beautifully written” (National Public Radio), “compelling” (Bryan Stevenson), and “truly engrossing” (Rachel Maddow). Power’s “highly personal and reflective memoir,” observes former President Barack Obama, “is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.”  

In this exclusive event, hosted in collaboration with independent bookstores across the US, Power and Dern will discuss Power’s journey as an immigrant, journalist, activist, and diplomat, as well as their perspectives on the current political moment and the road ahead.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at Harvard. She served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, and as Obama’s human rights advisor from 2009 to 2013. Power’s book “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Her latest book, The Education of an Idealist, is now in paperback with an updated afterword and was selected as one of the best books of 2019 by outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, National Public Radio, Time, and Vanity Fair.

Laura Dern is an actress, producer and activist. Dern is an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award-winner best known for films including “Marriage Story,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Little Women,” and television shows like “Enlightened” and “Big Little Lies.” Dern is also a prolific producer through her company Jaywalker Pictures, which has recently released the feature documentary, “The Way I See It” for Focus Features, and the animated short “If Anything Happens I Love You” for Netflix.

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