National Press Club

Satirist Terry Pratchett introduces latest 'Discworld' book, 7 pm Oct. 14

September 1, 2011 | By Emily Whitten | ewhitten@law.gwu.edu

Terry Pratchett will discuss his latest book, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the National Press Club ballroom.

As a fundraiser for the Club’s Eric Friedheim Library, this is a ticketed event. You may purchase tickets and books at www.press.org/pratchett. The printed receipt will serve as a voucher and must be presented at the event check-in.

Pratchett, who began his writing career as a journalist, is the best-selling author of a series of more than 38 humorous and satirical novels about the colorful fantasy world of Discworld and more than 21 Discworld companion or non-Discworld novels, including the award-winning “Good Omens” with Neil Gaiman.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, including the Carnegie Medal, and, most recently, the Andre Norton Award and the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Pratchett was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998 and knighted for the same in 2009. He has received at least eight honorary doctorates.

After his diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007, Pratchett became a leading advocate for Alzheimer's research, contributing funds and urging others to do the same. He has raised public awareness of the disease and its implications through the 2009 Scottish BAFTA-winning BBC documentary "Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer's," which explored the state of current research and the difficulties of living with the disease. His 2011 BBC documentary, "Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die," which explored the subject of assisted death.

This event is sponsored by the Club’s Book & Author Committee. Proceeds benefit the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase at the event.