Amor Towles

Amor Towles and A Gentleman in Moscow book cover

Monday, April 23, 7:00 PM
Roosevelt High School, 4419 Center Street

Amor Towles is the best-selling author of two critically-acclaimed novels. His debut novel, Rules of Civility, was published in 2011. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Wall Street Journal and has been translated to more than 15 languages. Towles grew up in Boston and began his professional career as an investment banker after graduating from Yale College and receiving an MA in English from Stanford University. The success of Rules of Civility led to his decision to leave the investment world and devote himself full-time to writing.

His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, begins during the Russian Revolution of 1922. After a Bolshevik tribunal deems Count Alexander Rostov an unrepentant aristocrat, he is sentenced to house arrest at a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. As the modern history of Russia plays out in front of him, Rostov creates his own domain within the confines of his cozy prison. A Gentleman in Moscow was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. It is being translated into more than 20 languages, including Russian.

Related Links

A Gentleman in Moscow’ is a Charming Reminder of What it Means to be Classy (Washington Post)
Idea For ‘Gentleman in Moscow’ Came from Many Nights in Luxury Hotels (NPR)
Amor Towles, a Gentleman in Gramercy Park (New York Times)
Podcast: Talking Wine, Russia, and Writing with Amor Towles (Beaks & Geeks Podcast)
Banished to Luxury: Amor Towles (Publishers Weekly)

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