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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

Joe Biden: American Dreamer

Evan Osnos in conversation with Katie Hannon

DateSaturday March 27th
Cost€5 - €10

The Festival Bookseller for this event is Books Upstairs.

After two previously unsuccessful bids at the presidency, and two terms as Barack Obama’s Vice President, Biden made history last November, winning the most votes for any presidential candidate, in a turbulent election. And his running mate, Kamala Harris, has made history as the first woman of colour to be elected vice president. Biden’s life and career have been marked by moments of great fortune and unthinkable tragedy, including the loss of his first wife and daughter, and, later, his eldest son to brain cancer. Joe Biden: American Dreamer, drawn from unprecedented access to the president-elect himself - as well as over a hundred others, including Barack Obama, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg - is a fascinating and nuanced portrait of Biden's life and political career. We are delighted to welcome Evan Osnos, Joe Biden’s biographer to Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival for a conversation with RTE’s Katie Hannon to discuss the life and career of a man who changed the course of American democracy.

Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a CNN contributor, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Based in Washington D.C., he writes about politics and foreign affairs. He was the China Correspondent at The New Yorker from 2008 to 2013. His first book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, won the 2014 National Book award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Prior to The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before his appointment in China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq.

Katie Hannon is a leading political correspondent , host of The Late Debate, Saturday with Katie Hannon and formerly of Prime Time.

L: Evan Osnos. R: Katie Hannon.