Thank you to all who joined us on May 11th for our very special evening with award-winning author Patrick Radden Keefe as he discussed his newest book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, with New Yorker writer Jonathan Blitzer 

Just a small sampling of kudos from our attendees: 

“Excellent discussion. Loved the ‘interview’ format. Such a relevant topic for a book and for a discussion–raises all sort of questions about institutional corruption within our ultra capitalistic society.”

“Great program! All due to the excellent moderator and the fabulous author. An unqualified success!”

“Terrific interviewer and speaker – a fascinating story through a great interchange.”

“Great conversation between Jonathan and Patrick. They were both remarkably thoughtful and insightful and bright. We SO enjoyed the whole thing!”

Watch an excerpt in which Patrick Radden Keefe discusses how the FDA came to approve OxyContin:


We want to sincerely thank Patrick Radden Keefe and Jonathan Blitzer for giving of their time for the event. Thank you to our event sponsor Houlihan Lawrence.

PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the decade by Entertainment Weekly. His previous books are The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. He is also the creator and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change. Read more about Patrick Radden Keefe

Moderator JONATHAN BLITZER is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an Emerson Fellow at New America. He won a 2017 National Award for Education Reporting, and is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award as well as the 2018 Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation. His writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York TimesThe AtlanticOxford American, and The New York Review of Books.

“One of the most anticipated books of this spring.”
Washington Post

Empire of Pain is a grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing. A masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, Empire of Pain is a portrait of the excesses of America’s second Gilded Age, a study of impunity among the super elite and a relentless investigation of the naked greed and indifference to human suffering that built one of the world’s great fortunes. Currently available through our local booksellers Andersons Books and Voracious Reader.


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