This year we’ve invited Patrick Radden Keefe, American journalist and writer. He has just released his book Empire of Pain and the Dutch translation is on its way! A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of Say Nothing, as featured in the HBO documentary Crime of the Century.

Maybe you know Keefe from his reporting for The New Yorker, Slate, BBC or his bestseller Say Nothing. Do you want to know more about his book? Listen to our podcast where we speak with him about the do’s en don’ts in writing a narrative bestselling book. 

Gerard van Westerloolezing
27 september 2021
Physical Event
19.30 uur
@ Singelkerk, entrance via the back door at Herengracht 431, Amsterdam
Attendees have to show a valid covid pass and identification.

The yearly Gerard van Westerloo Lecture pays homage to one of the founding fathers of narrative journalism in the Netherlands. Gerard van Westerloo applied four principles to his reporting: he chose everyday subjects, particularly when nothing out of the ordinary was happening; he waited as long as he needed to get a complete picture; he chose to speak to the subjects themselves (no spokespeople!); and those he interviewed got no coverage elsewhere.