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Spring Cocktail Reception featuring Ian Caldwell '98, best-selling author of "The Fifth Gospel"


PA3 is pleased to host


a Spring Cocktail Reception

Join fellow alumni one more time before Reunions and PA3’s summer hiatus


featuring special guest and best-selling author Ian Caldwell '98

& his latest novel "The Fifth Gospel"

~~ Cocktails, wine, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres ~~


Thursday, April 30th, 2015 | 6:00-8:00pm

Maclean House - Princeton University campus

  ~~ NOTE: You can enjoy this event even if you have not read the book ~~
Ian will read from his just-released novel "The Fifth Gospel"
(presently #15 on the NY Times Bestseller List!)

and will discuss his fascinating research of European history and insider knowledge of the Vatican.

Each guest will receive a complimentary raffle ticket as a chance to win a signed copy of Ian's new book!

Event Registration: SCROLL DOWN FOR PAYPAL LINK

$5/person for dues-paying members and a guest
$8/person for others and at the door.
Questions? Contact activities@princetonaaa.org


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On Thursday, April 30th, Ian Caldwell ’98, co-author of the New York Times bestseller “The Rule of Four,” will read from his new novel.  In 2004, “The Rule of Four” – a book set at Princeton – became a nationwide bestseller. “The Fifth Gospel,” the second novel from Ian Caldwell, has been named the upcoming #1 book in the country by the national organization of independent bookstores, and the #1 most anticipated thriller of the season by Publishers Weekly.

Praise for The Fifth Gospel:

“A stunning and addictive read . . . Part murder mystery, part family drama, part religious history, this keep-you-on-edge literary thriller doesn’t miss a beat. Caldwell’s elegant language combines with a truly provocative plot . . . Obsessively readable.” — Library Journal, Editor’s Pick for Spring

“A brilliant work . . . Extraordinarily erudite . . . Caldwell makes intriguing literature from complex theology.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A superior religious thriller, notable for its existential and spiritual profundity . . . An intelligent and deeply contemplative writing style, along with more than a few bombshell plot twists, set this one above the pack, but it’s the insightful character development that makes this redemptive story so moving.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Captivating . . . This thriller is, at its heart, a story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the making.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Here motives are nuanced shadows that are as hard to grasp for Alex as they are for readers. It is this very elusiveness, juxtaposed against a strong sense of place, that intrigues, making this the best kind of page-turner, one about which you also have to think.” — Booklist (starred review)

From David Baldacci: “It’s been ten years since Ian Caldwell co-wrote The Rule of Four. The Fifth Gospel was more than worth the wait. For those who might compare it to The Da Vinci Code, don’t. This marvelous book stands alone and will become the very high standard for any novel in this genre. Masterfully plotted and extraordinarily researched, and written in a voice that never rings false, The Fifth Gospel is that rare story: erudite and a page-turner, literary but compulsively readable. It will change the way you look at organized religion, humanity, and perhaps yourself.”

From Nelson DeMille: “The Fifth Gospel is nothing short of groundbreaking—a literary feast wrapped around an intriguing murder mystery. Caldwell writes with precision and passion as he takes us on an emotional journey deep into the workings of the Vatican and deeper into the hearts and souls of the men and women who have devoted their lives to the Church. The Fifth Gospel is a cathedral where skeptics and believers alike may enter and all will leave transformed.”

From Lev Grossman: “An amazing achievement: The Fifth Gospel is a gripping thriller rich with human drama and forbidden knowledge.”

From Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow: “You are going to hear a lot about how this book took ten years to write and how it’s minutely researched and erudite. Forget all that. This thing reads like a rocket. Jump on and hold tight.”

From Kate Braestrup, ordained minister and author of Here If You Need Me: “Under Caldwell’s deft hand, the Vatican becomes a setting both real and surreal, utopian and dystopian by turns, a tiny, walled country where the switchboard operators and nannies are nuns, the cops are Swiss Guards, and a priest suspected of murder is tried not for his life but for the meaning he has given it. In such a setting, small and seemingly arcane details of scriptural interpretation are clues to the mystery, driving the interlocking dramas of family and history in ways that aren’t just plausible but compelling. There is passion in The Fifth Gospel, and a tremendous depth of knowledge; the fruits of Caldwell’s obviously extensive research are served up in perfectly timed portions that propel the action in surprising ways.”



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PA3 Book Club April Meeting

************RSVP Required**************

Good Evening!

I'm excited to announce that the plans for our April book club meeting (April 24th at 7pm in East Pyne 111) are complete. Ian Caldwell, the New York Times bestselling co-author of "The Rule of Four," will be joining us to discuss his new book, "The Fifth Gospel." The details and information about the book are below.

Because of the anticipated popularity of this meeting and a desire to keep the group small enough to have a good discussion, the group size will be limited to 15. Book club members who regularly attend meetings will be given priority; after those members have RSVP'd, I will take RSVPs first come first serve. There are a few space left, so please RSVP soon to bookclub.admin@princetonaaa.org

See you soon!

Linsay

 

Book: The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

Date: Friday, April 24th

Time: 7pm

Location: East Pyne Room 111

"The Fifth Gospel" - from Amazon:

A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish converge to send two brothers—both Vatican priests—on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity’s greatest historical mystery.

Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as “ingenious…profoundly erudite” (The New York Times), “compulsively readable” (People), and “an exceptional piece of scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle). Now, after a decade of painstaking primary research, Ian Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious popular storytellers working today.

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret: what the four Christian gospels—and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron—reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the world’s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibit—someone he must outwit to survive.

At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is “a story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the making” (Library Journal, starred review).

 


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*************RSVP Required***********

Good Evening!

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Because of the anticipated popularity of this meeting and a desire to keep the group small enough to have a good discussion, the group size will be limited to 15. Book club members who regularly attend meetings will be given priority; after those members have RSVP'd, I will take RSVPs first come first serve. For those of you who regularly attend meetings, please try to RSVP by next Thursday, April 2nd.

See you soon!

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Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 7pm
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"The Fifth Gospel" - from Amazon:

A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish converge to send two brothers—both Vatican priests—on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity’s greatest historical mystery.

Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as “ingenious…profoundly erudite” (The New York Times), “compulsively readable” (People), and “an exceptional piece of scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle). Now, after a decade of painstaking primary research, Ian Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious popular storytellers working today.

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret: what the four Christian gospels—and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron—reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the world’s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibit—someone he must outwit to survive.

At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is “a story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the making” (Library Journal, starred review).

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POSTPONED "Dinner with a Professor" Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Woodrow Wilson School


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beginning at 6:30pm
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