Writer Alan Furst to Speak As Part of Harry Ransom Lectures

Sept. 15, 2009

Alan Furst

Event: Historical espionage writer Alan Furst speaks as part of the Harry Ransom Lectures, presented by the University Co-op. A book signing follows.

When: Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

Where: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Guadalupe streets.

Background: Heir to the tradition of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, Furst has received critical and popular acclaim for his novels of historical espionage. Furst was born and raised in Manhattan. He lived in the south of France as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the Faculte des Lettres at the University of Montpellier, and then in Seattle, where he worked for the City of Seattle Arts Commission. He wrote for magazines, including travel pieces and book reviews for Esquire, and wrote and published four novels. Returning to France, Furst lived in Paris, wrote a weekly column for The International Herald Tribune and wrote his first historical espionage novel, "Night Soldiers" (1988). This was followed by "Dark Star" (1991), "The Polish Officer" (1995), "The World at Night" (1996), "Red Gold" (1999), "Kingdom of Shadows" (2000), "Blood of Victory" (2002), "Dark Voyage" (2004), "The Foreign Correspondent" (2006) and "The Spies of Warsaw" (2008).

Seating is free, but limited.

This program will be webcast live.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the university's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with university students. The lectures are made possible by the support of the University Co-op. High-resolution press images are available.

Other lectures in the Harry Ransom Lectures series include James Fenton on Nov. 12 and Sarah Greenough on Feb. 25.

For more information, contact: Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 232 3667.