They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations in the arts and the sciences. The source of the Sackler fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that they were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis – an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people. As he demonstrated so brilliantly in his award-winning book Say Nothing, PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE is a master of the art of deep narrative reportage. In his new book Empire of Pain, he trains his sights on the jaw-dropping and ferociously compelling reality of a family, its wealth, and the terrible consequences. Join him for a dynastic story that is also a parable of 21st century greed.
Registration will open on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 a.m.
The 2021 Summer Speaker Series, presented by The Community Library and the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, is a series of four FREE outdoor lectures hosted in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park. Advanced registration is required. Click above to reserve your space. We will determine the number of seats available closer to the event, and waitlisted guests will be notified as soon as possible.
The lecture will also be available to stream on the Library’s Livestream. Click here to watch the live stream, which will be available for a limited time.
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the decade by Entertainment Weekly. His previous books are The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. He is also the creator and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change. His latest book is Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.
For more information on Patrick Radden Keefe, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Pre-sales of Keefe’s books will be available through Chapter One Bookstore. Please visit Chapter One in Ketchum or call 208-726-5425 to order your copies. Keefe will sign books in private to protect the health and safety of the speaker and attendees, and those who purchase books through Chapter One will be able to pick them up at the bookstore approximately 1-2 days following the lecture.
Photo Credit: (c) Philip Montgomery.