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CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY / They Eat Puppies, Don't They?
The Hillside Club
Berkeley, CA
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CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY / They Eat Puppies, Don't They?
Preeminent satirist Christopher Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of Supreme Courtship and Boomsday, returns with a hilarious and sure-to-be controversial novel about U.S.-China relations.

In an attempt to gain Congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre and sexy Neo-Con wonkette Angel Templeton start a rumor that the Chinese secret service is trying to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Their outrageous scheme provokes a series of crises involving the White House, the CIA, and a strangely sympathetic and vulnerable Chinese president, with both countries veering perilously towards war.

With his most convincing and outrageous characters to dateBird, a failed novelist of amusingly awful Clancyesque thrillers; Angel, a combination Ann Coulter and Ayn Rand; Bird's feckless but endearing Civil War re-enactor
brother; the mild-mannered Chinese President Fa and his devoted aide GangBuckley's THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON'T THEY? blends the skewering genius of Thank You For Smoking with Dr. Strangelove's dark comedy, and has something
to offend and amuse everyone.

Christopher Buckley was born in New York City in 1952.  He was educated at Portsmouth Abbey, worked on a Norwegian tramp freighter and graduated cum laude from Yale.  At age 24 he was managing editor of Esquire magazine; at 29, chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.  He was the founding editor of Forbes FYI magazine (now ForbesLife), where he is now editor-at-large.

Buckley has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The Washington Monthly, Forbes, Esquire, Vogue, Daily Beast and other publications. He is the author of fifteen books, including Steaming To Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, God Is My Broker, Little Green Men, No Way To Treat a First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and Losing Mum And Pup: A Memoir.

He received the Washington Irving Prize for Literary Excellence and the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Our guest introducer and moderator this evening is Mal Warwick, author of 19 books, an impact investor, and an activist who reviews books on his blog, chairs the board of Mal Warwick Associates, the fundraising agency he established in 1979; and serves as a Director of the One World Futbol Project, a social enterprise he helped establish in Berkeley in 2010.

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The Hillside Club (View)
2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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