Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Meet Alan Cowell, author of THE PARIS CORRESPONDENT

Join The Overlook Press on Wednesday, October 26 for a panel discussion on "The Changing World of the Foreign Correspondent" with Alan S. Cowell, author of The Paris Correspondent and a reporter for New York based in Paris. The panel will address the rapidly changing world of journalism in the digital age.

The event will be held at one of our favorite venues, Housing Works Bookstore, at 126 Crosby Street (between Houston and Prince) in New York. After the panel, there will be a booksigning and reception hosted by The Overlook Press.

Joining Alan Cowell will be: Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Reuters News; John Darnton, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Almost a Family and Black and White and Dead All Over; and Peter Godwin, author of Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and former foreign correspondent.

The Paris Correspondent, just published this week, chronicles the fortunes, adventures, and epiphanies of two journalists, Ed Clancy and Joe Shelby, reporters for The Paris Star, an English-language newspaper based in Paris. Survivors of countless missions abroad, they now face new and unfamiliar challenges of the Internet age and twenty-four-hour news cycle. Personal jealousies and rivalries abound as the two men adapt to the brave new world.

Alan S. Cowell has been senior correspondent for New York in Paris since 2008. He began his journalism career as a reporter for British newspapers and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. He joined Reuters in 1972 and the New York Times in 1981. His reporting has covered Turkey, the Middle East, central and southern Africa, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 1985, Cowell won the George Polk Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting. He is the author of Killing the Wizards, A Walking Guide: A Novel and The Terminal Spy: The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko.

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