April 1, 2009

April 1, 2009 – Keeping up with Dexter Filkins and The Forever War

We checked in today with Dexter Filkins who was in Rome, en route to Kabul, to see how the young Afghan women were doing in the Marwais School. Dexter has raised more than $22,000 (up from $8,000) to help the girls recover from the Taliban attack and to purchase supplies for the school. He promises to keep us posted. As you probably know, Dexter is the New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War. He is hard […]
March 25, 2009

March 25, 2009 – Gerda Lerner shined at EWG conference today

EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT (EWG) threw quite a bash today when they hosted their 2009 conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Among the highlights was a speech by the founder of Women’s History Month, Gerda Lerner. At 88, Gerda is an amazing, formidable embodiment of 20th century history. Armed with her ever-present cup of tea, she enthralled us with her stories of her early days as a prisoner in the Austrian jail, her experience with the McCarthy-era black list, […]
March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009 – Animal Spirits authors George Akerlof and Bob Shiller at the Greater Washington Board of Trade

More than 50 local executives tonight joined world-class economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, co-authors of the book “Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism.” The professors were invited to share their insights and ideas on the economy at the Greater Washington Board of Trade (pictured here with BOT president and CEO Jim Dinegar and Perry Hooks). Afterward they responded to questions about their forecasts on the future of the economy. About […]
March 1, 2009

March 1, 2009 – 50th Birthday Bash Salon with Adam Gopnik, Angels and Ages

Famed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik (pictured here with HBE owners Perry and Loretta), author of the new book, “Angels and Ages: A short book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life,” was the celebrity author who spoke tonight at our second Salon — a birthday bash book party! The event was hosted by our good pal Marcia, who had a big birthday on February 12. She thought it was especially fitting that Adam come to speak about the two men […]
February 26, 2009

February 26, 2009 – Our first Salon!

We are happy to announce a new offering from Hooks Book Events — the Salon. We envision these to be intimate gatherings of friends who are thirsty for knowledge and want to hear the thoughts and ideas of some of the bestsellers who are launching their new books. Refreshments are certainly part of the party, and often reflect the theme of the book. A case in point is our first Salon, when our friend Joy invited 50 of her closest […]
February 19, 2009

February 19 – Grameen Foundation CEO Alex Counts speaks to Cornell alumns

A large group of Cornell University alumni had the opportunity to hear Alex Counts speak today about his book, Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance are Changing the World. Counts is the president and CEO of the Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.–based organization that has grown from modest beginnings in 1997 to become a global network of forty-six microfinance partners in twenty-four countries. Under his leadership, the Grameen Foundation impacts an estimated eighteen […]
January 28, 2009

January 28, 2009 – In Memory of John Updike

Hooks Book Events acknowledges the passing of John Updike with this offering, “Requiem,” from his forthcoming collection, “Endpoint and Other Poems,” as shared in today’s Opinion section of the New York Times. Requiem, by John Updike Were I to die, no one would say, “Oh, what a shame! So young, so full Of promise — depths unplumbable!” Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes Will greet my overdue demise; The wide response will be, I know, “I thought he died a […]