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PEN America Virtual Author’s Evening with Admiral James Stavridis

James Stavridis headshot and “The Sailor’s Bookshelf” book cover

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Location: Zoom
Suggested Donation to Attend: $125 per person

Join us for an intimate evening with Admiral James Stavridis discussing The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea and 2034: A Novel of the Next World War. Admiral Stavridis, a leader in military, international affairs, and national security circles, shares his love of the sea and some of the sources of that affection in his latest work. This evening is hosted by Alan Jones.

The Sailor’s Bookshelf offers synopses of 50 books that illustrate the history, importance, lore, and lifestyle of the oceans. Stavridis colors those descriptions with glimpses of his own service—“sea stories” in popular parlance—that not only clarify his choices but show why he is held in such high esteem among his fellow sailors. 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, written with Elliot Ackerman, is a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034. Admiral Stavridis has published 10 books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. He is a contributing editor for TIME magazine and the chief international security analyst for NBC News.

A donation is suggested to attend this very special evening. The donation is considered 100 percent tax-deductible and supports PEN America’s mission to defend writers and free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Space will be limited to 25 guests to facilitate audience participation and discussion. Following your RSVP, you will be sent the Zoom meeting invitation. This is a private video meeting, and only guests who are on the RSVP list will be permitted to join.

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