Mercantile Library presents George Packer
The Mercantile Library's Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture featured New Yorker staff writer George Packer. Packer's work exemplifies the theme of the Stowe Lecture: writing to change the world. In a talk held on June 11, 2009, he spoke about his reportage of the Iraq War and the November 2008 presidential election.
Packer, who writes about foreign affairs, American politics, and literature, became a writer for New Yorker magazine in 2003. He covered the Iraq war for the magazine, and reported on the 2008 presidential election for the New Yorker from his base in Ohio. His book, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times, and has won numerous awards. Packer has written other well-received books, including The Village of Waiting, about his experience in Africa; Blood of the Liberals, a nonfiction account of his family and American liberalism; and two novels, The Half Man and Central Square.