Simon Schama to be next guest at Hay-Adams Author Series

(Courtesy of the Hay Adams Hotel) (Courtesy of the Hay Adams Hotel)

The historian Simon Schama will be the next guest at the Hay-Adams Author Series on March 27.

An Englishman who teaches at Columbia University, Schama has written popular and critically acclaimed books about Dutch history, the Rothschilds, the French Revolution, British history and art history. His study of slavery and the American Revolution, “Rough Crossings,” won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006. He is also well known for his popular television documentaries.

In 2009, Schama published a wide-ranging and reflective history of the United States titled “The American Future,” which accompanied his BBC television series. Reviewing the book for The Washington Post, Michael Kazin said, “Schama is a writer of gorgeous prose, and he has a deep and clear-eyed love for his adopted land.”

The Hay-Adams Author Series is Washington’s most elegant literary salon. Held on the glass-lined top floor of the Hay Adams Hotel, across from the White House, each luncheon features a three-course menu inspired by the guest author’s work. Tickets, limited to about 100, can be purchased for $85 by calling 202-638-6600. 

Since its founding in 2005, the series has hosted some of the nation’s most accomplished writers, including John Grisham, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates and Walter Isaacson. Former Book World editor Marie Arana serves as a co-host of the program.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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