THE @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS AMANDA VAILL AND HER NEW BOOK HOTEL FLORIDA: TRUTH, LOVE, AND DEATH IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

April 4, 2014 | Macaulay Honors College

Hotel_FloridaThe @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES welcomes Amanda Vaill and her new book, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a stunning and tragic group portrait by one of our leading biographers.

With her bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy—A Lost Generation Love Story, Vaill uncovered the historical figures and milieu that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night.  Her definitive biography Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins chronicled in thrilling and painful detail the story of the great master and his art. Now her Hotel Florida introduces us to the interlocking romantic and political fates visited upon three famous couples during the turbulent, perilous and doomful Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, the photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, and the struggling Loyalist press officers Arturo Barea and Ilsa Kulscar met and mingled with so many others in the sociable lobby of Madrid’s teeming Hotel Florida—and in the beleaguered Spain of the late 1930s that Vaill vividly and judiciously brings to life.

Joseph Kanon will join Vaill for a conversation following her reading.  Kanon is the award-winning author of such historical spy thrillers as Los Alamos, The Good German, and Istanbul Passage.

Free and open to the public, the @Macaulay Author Series monthly readings take place at 7 PM at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. A book signing and informal reception with the author follow each program. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES is sponsored by Friends of Macaulay.

For more information please visit: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/community/author-series/

For reservations visit: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/rsvp or call (347) 460-4292

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high-school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship to pursue global learning and service opportunities while also enrolled in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, visit macaulay.cuny.edu