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The Operator with Howard Gershkowitz

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Location: 
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type(s): 
Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mystery, Novels, Science Fiction
Cost: Free

About this Event

Local author Howard Gershkowitz shares The Operator, a novel of literary fiction with elements of science fiction and mystery, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. In addition to readings, Gershkowitz will also discuss his creative and research processes. 

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Literary Fair

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair features two days of talks, readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest, February 22 - 23, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/conference/fair

About the Book

When Harold takes his wife, Laura, on vacation to quaint Prescott, Arizona, to jump-start their strained marriage, he finds himself swept through a squirmhole into the arms of the beautiful Talia Sanders, the hotel’s 1929 switchboard operator. Together, they scheme to prevent the Great Depression but, before he can put his plan to the test, the stockbroker re-emerges in 2017. He discovers nothing changed, except for the billion-dollar fortune Talia left him with instructions to derail an imminent, nation-wide, financial collapse.He’s immediately confronted by Talia’s son, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the money. Meanwhile, Harold must navigate the murky political backwaters of Washington, engaging a dangerous power broker with his own traitorous agenda. Caught in a web of greed and deceit, he is forced to find a way back in time to enlist Talia’s assistance. Her valiant attempts backfire and, instead, puts his life in jeopardy. Will he survive to stop the pending disaster? Will the love of his life come to his rescue... and, if so, which one?

About the Author

Photograph of Howard Gershkowitz

Debut novelist Howard Gershkowitz’s work has appeared in print and online, in such prestigious publications as Michigan State University’s quarterly The Offbeat, and the Arizona Consortium of the Art’s Blue Guitar. Most recently, “Window on the Square” took first place honors in the 2018 Tempe, Arizona, creative writing contest, judged by Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Department.

An avid science fiction fan since childhood, he’s been inspired by the books of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Ray Bradbury. He’s studied at ASU’s Piper Creative Writing Center and as well as completing numerous workshops by such renowned authors as Stephen James and Robert Dugoni.

He actively promotes diversity and racial equality in his community. For the past seven years, Howard has served as an organizer and docent for the Anne Frank national traveling exhibit, as well as the local Holocaust Education center, which features a World War II traveling rail car once employed in transport Jewish prisoners to concentration camps.

Howard has served as an investment professional for the last thirty-four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and lives in Chandler with his wife of 40 years, Lisa, who is his most ardent supporter.

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