Wednesday, May 16, 2012
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Reading
Columbus Museum of Art
One of the most beloved political satirists writing today is Christopher Buckley whose string of bestselling novels include Boomsday, Thank You For Smoking, No Way To Treat A First Lady which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the acclaimed memoir, Losing Mum and Pup.
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? is vintage Buckley which means he uses genius-like wit to present a rapier-sharp social portrait sure to offend—and amuse—everyone. It is the story of a Washington lobbyist and his sexy female aid who are determined to gain Congressional approval for a top secret weapons system. In order to get passage for this, they start a rumor that the Chinese secret service has plans to assassinate the Dalai Lama. The result is a series of crises taking the Chinese and the United States to the precipice of war.
“As Jon Stewart proves, Washington is an easy target to satirize. What sets Buckley apart is his ability to mock Washington yet convey a genuine admiration for many of its residents. Buckley is hilarious.” USA Today
Buckley is at the top of his game in this novel that is a brilliant blend of high political absurdity and extraordinary empathy for those who play the game.