Simon Tolkien & Amor Towles

This event has already passed Location: Horchow Auditorium

Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather J. R. R. Tolkien during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action. No Man’s Land centers on Adam Raine, a boy whose impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a tragic end when his mother is killed. His grief-stricken father moves the family to a coal mining town to pursue a job, but tensions between the miners and their employer explode with terrible consequences. Adam finds consolation in the company of a beautiful young woman with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel like his life is finally coming together—until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

Also steeped in early 20th-century history, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles features wealthy Count Alexander Rostov, who has been sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a famed Moscow hotel, as punishment for writing a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks. Despite his confinement, the count lives an adventurous life. In a starred review, Kirkus says, “Spread across four decades, this is in all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight. . . . The cruelties of the age can’t begin to erase the glories of real human connection. . . . This book more than fulfills the promise of Towles’ stylish debut, Rules of Civility.” 

Auditorium tickets are sold out for this event; however, a live video-simulcast will be available in the adjacent C3 Theater with close-up shots of the authors on stage.

Upgrades to Horchow Auditorium may be possible the night of the event if seats become available. Only those who have purchased simulcast tickets in advance will be eligible for upgrades. Simulcast ticketholders can still meet Simon Tolkien and Amor Towles during the booksigning after the program.

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Public $40, DMA Member $30, Student/Educator $20, Live Simulcast $20