Michael Oren, Swann’s War: A Novel

Wed. Oct 26, 2022 at 7:30pm EDT
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Michael Oren, Swann’s War: A Novel

31st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents


Michael Oren, Swann’s War: A Novel

In Conversation with Harry Stern, Author 

Author Talk, Audience Q & A, Book Signing

This is an in-person event at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta. Masks are optional.

Books will also be available for purchase on the evening of the event from the official bookseller of the book festival, A Cappella Books.

Sponsored by the Consulate General to the Southeastern United States

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, historian, and bestselling author, Michael Oren, returns to the book festival stage with a thrilling literary fiction debut that is a whodunit for fans for Delia Owens and Jacqueline Winspear.

World War II is raging overseas, but life remains painfully quiet on the rugged New England fishing island of Fourth Cliff. With most of its able-bodied male inhabitants away in the service, the island is now home only to aged fishermen, concerned women and children, and second-rate soldiers guarding a low-priority military emplacement and camp for Italian POWs.

With her husband Archie, Fourth Cliff’s beloved police captain, off fighting in the Marines, Mary Beth Swann steps into his role. Though a cop herself, she has to fight for the respect of Fourth Cliff’s hardscrabble residents. And that’s before a murdered POW surfaces in a fisherman’s net, followed by more bodies. Determined to find the killer, Swann must rely only on the help of a simple-minded deputy, a disgraced doctor, and a mob-connected mainlander to prove her worth to Fourth Cliff—and to herself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Statesman, historian, soldier, author, Michael Oren has had a long and distinguished career, including serving as the Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

Born in New York and educated at Princeton and Columbia, he was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. He holds four degrees in Middle East history and has received four honorary doctorates.

Moving to Israel in the 1970s and joining the IDF, Dr. Oren served as a lone soldier in the paratroopers. He fought in the 1982 Lebanon War, and later served as an army spokesman in the Second Lebanon War and several Gaza operations, reaching the rank of major.

In 2009, Michael Oren was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the United States, dealing with crucial strategic issues such as the Iron Dome defense system and the Iran nuclear threat. For his service he received the Statesman of the Year Medal from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize for International Service.

Oren has written numerous bestselling nonfiction books, while throughout he has been a writer of fiction. His latest novel, Swann’s War, was hailed by Kirkus Review as “intriguing, wonderfully delineated, and tension-filled,” and awarded it the coveted star.

A prominent figure in the media, serving as Middle East analyst for both CNN and CBS news, Oren has appeared on numerous national television shows. His essays and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic; NPR listed him among the best college commencement speakers ever. 

Michael Oren is the father of three and the grandfather of six—his proudest achievements.  


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Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 5342 Tilly Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30338