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An Evening With Daniel Silva and Jamie Gangel

Hosted By: Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook, IL)

Join master of international intrigue Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, for a discussion of an explosive new thriller, The Cellist. The Cellist features art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon. Silva will be joined and interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET and provides viewers with in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day.

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Daniel Silva

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva’s most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva’s fourth novel, The Kill Artist, which would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel’s adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva’s next twenty novels, each one more successful than the last. Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master’s degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became Executive Producer of its talk show unit including shows like Crossfire, Capital Gang and Reliable Sources. In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become the instant bestseller The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book’s successful publication and began writing full time. Since then all of Silva’s books have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His books have been translated in to more than 30 languages and are published around the world. He is currently at work on a new novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make his books such an amazing success.
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Jamie Gangel

Jamie Gangel is an award-winning veteran correspondent at CNN since August 2015. Prior to that, Gangel had been at NBC News since 1983 and spent nearly two decades as National Correspondent for TODAY, covering a variety of issues, from popular culture to hard news.
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Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook, IL)

Congregation Beth Shalom, the spiritual home to more than 1,150 member families, is the largest Conservative synagogue in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We are a strong and diverse congregation and think of ourselves as a large family and a place people comfortably call their “home away from home.”
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