Empire of Pain: Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe and Elaine Dewar

Empire of Pain: Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe and Elaine Dewar

8:30pm

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Bestselling author Patrick Radden Keefe paints a grand yet devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family in his latest work of nonfiction, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. Join him for a rivetting discussion about the family who built an empire on impunity, greed and human suffering in the early 20th century, and the mark they left on the world as the makers and marketers of Valium and OxyContin, opiod drugs that impacted on countless lives across North America.

Interviewer: Elaine Dewar

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Bestselling author Patrick Radden Keefe paints a grand yet devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family in his latest work of nonfiction, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. Join him for a rivetting discussion about the family who built an empire on impunity, greed and human suffering in the early 20th century, and the mark they left on the world as the makers and marketers of Valium and OxyContin, opiod drugs that impacted on countless lives across North America.

Interviewer: Elaine Dewar

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Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author. His New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the decade by Entertainment Weekly. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.

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Elaine Dewar—author, journalist, television story editor—has been honoured by nine National Magazine awards, including the prestigious President’s Medal, and the White Award. Her first book, Cloak of Green, delved into the dark side of environmental politics and became an underground classic. The Second Tree: of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality, won Canada’s premier literary non-fiction prize from the Writers’ Trust, and The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Called “Canada’s Rachel Carson,” Dewar aspires to be a happy warrior for the public good.

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8:30pm

Sunday, October 24, 2021

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