LIVE STREAM: Dionne Searcey and Michael Rothfeld with Jennifer Forsyth

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Join us on Zoom for a conversation with authors and Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Dionne Searcey and Michael Rothfeld. Serving as moderator will be Jennifer Forsyth, Deputy Chief of Investigations at The Wall Street Journal and Searcey and Rothfeld's former editor. 

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In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away follows Dionne Searcey’s sometimes harrowing, sometimes rollicking experiences of her work in the field, the most powerful of which, for her, center on the extraordinary lives and struggles of the women she encounters. As she tries to get an American audience subsumed by the age of Trump and inspired by a feminist revival to pay attention, she is gone from her family for sometimes weeks at a time, covering stories like Boko Haram–conscripted teen-girl suicide bombers or young women in small villages shaking up social norms by getting out of bad marriages. Ultimately, Searcey returns home to reconcile with skinned knees and school plays that happen without her and a begrudging husband thrown into the role of primary parent.

In The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President, Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld have produced a deeply reported and exquisitely drawn portrait of that world, full of secret phone calls, hidden texts, and desperate deals, unearthing the practice of “catch and kill” by which Trump surrogates paid hush money to cover up his affairs, and detailing Trump’s historic relationship with his fixers—from his early, influential relationship with Roy Cohn to his reliance on Michael Cohen, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. It traces the arc of their interactions from the 1970s through the 2016 campaign and beyond. It is a distinctly American saga that navigates the worlds of reality TV, cash-for-trash tabloids, single-shingle law shops, celebrity bashes, high-end real estate, pornography, and politics. The characters and settings of this book are part of a vulgar circus that crisscrosses the country, from New York to L.A. to D.C.

Dionne Searcey was the West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times from 2015 to 2019. She won the Michael Kelly Award for courage in international reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for international reporting for her coverage of Boko Haram, and a citation for her work by the Overseas Press Club. She and a team of Times journalists were nominated for an Emmy for her stories on Boko Haram. She joined the Times in 2014 to write about the American economy after working for ten years at The Wall Street Journal, where she was an investigative reporter and national legal correspondent, and covered the telecom industry. She has worked as a political reporter at Newsday and The Seattle Times and was a reporting resident at the Chicago Tribune. She started her career as a crime reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. She was raised in Wymore, Nebraska, and lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter on the Metro desk of The New York Times. He previously reported for the Journal, the Los Angeles TimesNewsday, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Michael attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, winning a Pulitzer traveling fellowship in 1998 which he used to spend a month in Cuba. He lives in Brooklyn with his daughters, Annabel and Georgia. Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld led a team at The Wall Street Journal that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories that revealed the hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and President Trump’s direct participation in both. 

Jennifer S. Forsyth is Deputy Chief of Investigations at The Wall Street Journal, where she helps to manage a team of eight reporters, five data programmers and two visual specialists. She edited stories that were part of the Journal’s coverage of Trump’s hush money that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  Also in 2019, she coordinated the Journal’s first hour-long documentary, “Predator on the Reservation,” in cooperation with PBS’s Frontline, about a doctor at the U.S. Indian Health Service who for decades sexually preyed on his young male patients despite numerous warnings to agency officials. She ran the coverage on the Deepwater Horizon disaster that won a Gerald Loeb award and that was a Pulitzer finalist for national reporting.  Ms. Forsyth received a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (’93) and has a B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Asheville ('90). She studied in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship.  

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ISBN: 9780399179853
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 10th, 2020

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Published: Random House - January 14th, 2020