2014-08-01 / Community

Award-winning author to speak at casino

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky will speak at a fundraising event for Kennebunkport’s Louis T. Graves Memorial Library on Aug. 22 at the Kennebunk River Club Casino.

An Evening With Pulitizer-Prize Winning Author David Oshinsky begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. catered by Kitchen Chicks.

Oshinsky, a leading historian of modern American politics and society, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award for his book, “Polio: An American Story.”

The New York Times, News Hour with Jim Lehrer and National Public Radio celebrated the book, which details America’s battle with polio and intense search for a cure. Publishers Weekly hailed it as “an edifying description of one of the most significant public health successes in U.S. history.”

Oshinsky has also authored “A Conspirancy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy,” which earned the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the history of Congress, and “Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for its distinguished contribution to human rights. The New York Times named each a Notable Book of the Year. He is the director of the division of Medical Humanities at NYU’s Medical School.

All proceeds from Oshinsky’s appearance benefit the library. Tickets are $40 per person. Seating for the event is limited. The price includes the pre-event catered reception. Tickets went on sale July 21 at Graves Library.

An Evening with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author David Oshinsky has been made possible through the sponsorship of Bergen Parkinson, Kennebunk Beach Realty, Kennebunk Savings, Kitchen Chicks Catering, Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate and Southern Maine Health Care.

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