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Author Talk at Jesup Library
September 22 @ 7:00 pm
Dan Burt will discuss his book “Every Wrong Direction: An Emigre’s Memoir” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library
“Every Wrong Direction” recreates and dissects the bitter education of Dan Burt, an American émigré who never found a home in America. It begins in the row homes of Jewish immigrants and working-class Italians on the mean streets of 1950s South Philadelphia. “Every Wrong Direction” follows the author from the rough, working-class childhood that groomed him to be a butcher or charter boat captain, through America, Britain and Saudi Arabia as student, lawyer, spy, culture warrior, and expatriate, ending with a photo of his college rooms at St John’s College, Cambridge. Between this beginning and end, through a Philadelphia commuter college, to Cambridge, then Yale Law School, across the working to upper classes, three countries and seven cities over 43 years, it maps his pursuit of, realization, disillusionment with and abandonment of America and the American Dream.
Burt is a prolific author whose work has appeared in The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The New Statesman, among numerous other publications, newspapers, periodicals, and anthologies. He is also the author of four books of poetry and prose and a brief childhood memoir, “You Think It Strange.”
For more information, call the library at 288-4245.