Bradford Morrow: The Prague Sonata - in conversation with Diane Ackerman
Tuesday October 3: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of The Prague Sonata or a $5 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.
Award-winning author Bradford Morrow has penned his magnum opus that took over a decade to make and explores the powerful and passionate relationship between music and war.
At the dawn of the new millennium, the worn pages of an original sonata manuscript finds its way into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose career as a concert pianist was cut short by an injury. Meta realizes these pages as authentic eighteenth-century work, one of a piece of music that is moving, hauntingly beautiful, and the work of an undiscovered genius. But who wrote it? Now Meta is on the hunt across the globe to find the manuscript’s rightful owner and to make the three-part sonata whole again.
Drawing from decades of Prague’s tragic and triumphant history, from World War I through to the days of the Velvet Revolution, and travelling from postwar London to the heart of America, The Prague Sonata is both an epic tale and an intimate story of love and sacrifice.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Bradford shares his journey in writing this masterful work with Diane Ackerman, author of two dozen award-winning works of poetry and nonfiction, including NYT bestsellers The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and The Human Age.