National Press Club

Books & Brunch to discuss novel about World War I Saturday, March 15

March 2, 2014 | By Jack Williams |

The Club's Books & Brunch group will discuss ”The Sojourn” by Andrew Krivak at noon on Saturday, March 15, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The book is a novel of brotherhood, survival, and coming-of-age. It tells the story of Jozef Vinich who returns with his father from a 19th century Colorado mining town to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary only to be uprooted again by WWI.

Andrew Krivak is a faculty member in the Arts and Science Honors Program at Boston College He won the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for “The Sojourn.”

Books & Brunch meets in the Fourth Estate, which is open to the public, so non-members are welcome to participate.

Those who attend and buy a meal may park free in the PMI Garage on G Street between 13th and 14th streets by bringing the parking ticket to the Fourth Estate to have a waiter affix a “free parking” stamp.

On Saturday, April 19 Books & Brunch will discuss a non-fiction book, “Amsterdam” by Russell Shorto. The book focuses on Amsterdam’s history as a society focused on the concerns and comforts of individuals, run by individuals acting together and tolerant of religion, ethnicity, or other differences.

Books & Brunch discussions alternate between fiction and non-fiction books, which are selected by the group two months before they are discussed.

For more information contact the group’s chair: Jack Williams at