[VIRTUAL] PEN Out Loud: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny with Susan Choi

Photo of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny on left; on right: State of Terror book cover

Each book will come with a signed bookplate.

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and international award-winning author Louise Penny join PEN Out Loud to commemorate their co-written novel, State of Terror. Following a new presidential administration, the novel is a carefully woven political thriller with “incomparable insider expertise.” The bestselling authors will be joined in conversation with National Book Award-winning writer Susan Choi to discuss the novel’s inception, themes, and ideas.

This digital event will start at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Presented in collaboration with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.

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ASL interpretive services are provided by ProBono ASL.

Hillary Rodham Clinton headshotHillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th secretary of state after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and U.S. senator. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author of seven previous books, all published by Simon & Schuster. Photo Credit: Dominique Lafond and Deborah Feingold

Louise Penny headshotLouise Penny is an international award-winning and bestselling author whose books have hit No. 1 on The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Globe and Mail lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel series, published by Minotaur Books (an imprint of the St. Martin’s Press), have been translated into 31 languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Penny lives in a village south of Montréal. Photo Credit: Dominique Lafond and Deborah Feingold

Susan Choi headshotSusan Choi is an American novelist. Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2010, she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, won the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Her first book for children, Camp Tiger, was also published in 2019. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale University and lives in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Heather Weston

About Strand Book Store

Located on 12th and Broadway in New York City, the Strand Book Store is a family-owned, iconic literary destination with more than 90 years of history and 18 miles of books to prove it. Its events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative authors. Its unparalleled inventory of 2.5 million new, used, and rare books and locally designed totes, gifts, and apparel makes it easy and exciting to get lost in the stacks.

About Scripps Presents

Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between. Based at Scripps College, Scripps Presents provides a forum the Claremont Colleges and audiences across Southern California to engage with eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with the thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passions and perspectives are changing the way we see the world.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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