Presenting with the Loft Literary Center: Douglas Smith and Robert Alexander

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tickets $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members
Registration is full for this event.

Join The Museum of Russian Art and The Loft Literary Center for an evening with celebrated authors, Robert Alexander and Douglas Smith. Reading an excerpt from his new book, Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, Douglas Smith will follow up with a Q&A session.  With an introduction by Robert Alexander, author of numerous historical novels, this event is sure to tickle your literary fancy. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator. Currently a Resident Scholar at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, he is scholar of German and Russian. Smith’s ties to Russia are legion, having traveled there many times in the past 25 years, including once as a Russian-speaking guide on a trip with the US State Department. The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, Smith has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. Smith is a native of the Twin Cities, and TMORA is delighted to welcome him home for this special event.

Robert Alexander was born and raised in Chicago and currently resides in Minneapolis. A true Russophile, Alexander has traveled extensively to Russia through his adult life. He studied at Leningrad State University and worked for the US Government in Russia as well. Since 1990, he has partnered with a company in St. Petersburg, continually linking him to Russia. The author of many historical novels including Rasputin’s Daughter and The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar. Alexander draws from his extensive experience in Russia to create his best-selling stories. We are excited to welcome him back to The Museum of Russian Art.

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