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Author Event: Nina Munk: " The Idealist"

Event Type: Library-sponsored Adult Event
Date: 8/14/2014
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:45 PM
Description:
 Local author Nina Munk, a summer resident on the Blue Hill peninsula, will read from and talk about her new book, The Idealist : Jeffrey Sachs And The Quest To End Poverty, at the Blue Hill Public Library on Thursday August 14 at 7:00 PM. Widely praised by reviewers as incisive and deeply reported, The Idealist chronicles the initial success and eventual disappointment of the Millennium Villages Project, a daring experiment designed to validate the economist Jeffrey Sachsís formula for ending extreme poverty in rural Africa.

Munk, a prize-winning journalist and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, spent six years reporting from Africa, accompanying Sachs on his official trips, meeting with heads-of-state, humanitarian organizations, and development experts, and immersing herself in the lives of people in two remote villages in Kenya and Uganda. The more time she spent in Africa, the more questions she had: Can people be lifted out of poverty, or do they have to lift themselves? Does foreign aid spur or inhibit good governance? How does sustained economic development take root in villages where there are no roads or power or running water, and where most people are illiterate and unlikely to live past the age of 55? In The Idealist, Munk seeks to answer these important questions. The result is a profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the realities of human life.

Born in Canada, Nina Munk lives in New York City and Penobscot with her husband, Peter Soriano, and their three children. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Fortune. Among other literary prizes, she has been honored with three Business Journalist of the Year Awards and three Front Page Awards, and shortlisted for the Gerald Loeb Award, the Governor Generalís Award, the Lionel Gelber Prize, and the National Business Book Award.

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library, there is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
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Location: Howard Room
Contact: Karen Wyatt
Contact Number: 374-5515
Presenter: Nina Munk