Free Screening: Russia's Open Book:
Writing in the Age of Putin
Featuring speakers, Dr. Maxim Sukharev and Dr. Julia Gousseva*

Friday, June 6, 2014, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Eight, Arizona PBS Studios
555 N Central Ave, (6th floor, Studio A), Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hosted by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry, RUSSIA’S OPEN BOOK celebrates contemporary Russian authors carrying on one of the world’s greatest literary traditions. Contemporary authors are interviewed extensively in the film, with contributions from their literary critics, publishers, and peers. Excerpts from their recent works are brought to life by vivid animated sequences created exclusively for the film - with Fry providing dramatic readings in English.

The sheer size of Russia, its brutal climate, the violence of its history, and the heroism and genius of its people all have contributed to a world of literature like no other. “You may think Russian literature is no more than a catalog of suffering and misery and woe,” says Fry, “but actually it’s so much more than that. There’s so much joy, there’s so much hope, there’s so much about the human spirit in it.” says Fry in the film. These Russian writers “must grapple with the past, live in the present, and create fictional worlds that will continue to exist in the future.”

* Dr. Julia Gousseva will attend virtually

Light refreshments from Samarkand Restaurant & performance by Harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer

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