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Daniel Silva at the JCC Dallas

Location: JCC Dallas | 7900 Northaven Road Dallas, Texas 75230

#1 NYT bestselling author Daniel Silva in conversation with Michael Granberry, Arts and Feature Writer at The Dallas Morning News.

Pricing: Tickets to this event are $40 and include a signed first edition copy of Silva’s newest book (Harper Collins July 19, 2022) Portrait of an Unknown Woman, the 23rd book in the Gabriel Allon Series

Stylish, sophisticated, and ingeniously plotted, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a wildly entertaining journey through the dark side of the art world—a place where unscrupulous dealers routinely deceive their customers and deep-pocketed investors treat great paintings as though they were just another asset class to be bought and sold at a profit. From its elegant opening to the shocking twists of its climax, the novel is a tour de force of storytelling and one of the finest pieces of heist fiction ever written. And it is still more proof that, when it comes to international intrigue and suspense, Daniel Silva has no equal.
He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.

Michael Granberry was born and grew up in Dallas. He graduated from Samuell High School in Pleasant Grove in 1970 and from Southern Methodist University in 1974. At SMU, he served as sports editor, associate editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Campus. Before his senior year, he interned at the Washington Post, during “the Watergate summer” of 1973, when, yes, he got to work in the same newsroom with Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and editor extraordinaire Ben Bradlee.

He returned to Dallas in 1976, when he joined The Dallas Morning News as a Sunday magazine feature writer, whose assignments included a 6-part series on Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the perils of a survival seminar in the Sea of Cortez that eventually led to fatalities.

In 1978, he joined the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for 19 years, as a sportswriter, lifestyles feature writer and Johnny Deadline bureau news writer.

Granberry rejoined the Morning News in late 1997 as a feature writer for the High Profile section. His subjects included CBS newsman Scott Pelley, hockey great Brett Hull, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (she and Granberry are fellow graduates of the 1974 class at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts) and Hollywood personalities Renee Zellweger, Morgan Fairchild and Dallas’ “Wilson brothers,” Andrew, Owen and Luke.

In the newspaper’s recently revamped Sunday Arts & Life section, Michael has written cover stories on the strange relationship between a music critic and the opera world’s greatest diva, Maria Callas; the strange journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, Salvator Mundi, a story that involves the Dallas Museum of Art; a Russian billionaire linked to the White House; and the Saudi crown prince connected to the murder of a Washington Post journalist.

And in the last few months, he has profiled Holocaust survivor Max Glauben, actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Robin Wright, filmmaker Augustine Frizzell (the granddaughter of country music icon Lefty Frizzell), a hoarder who can’t let go of thousands of music and movie collectibles, a new exhibit on the Alamo in the Hall of State at Fair Park and all too many Texans who have lost loved ones to COVID.

Michael, who’s the father of four boys, lives in Plano with his wife, children’s book author Nancy Churnin — a 2022 winner of the National Jewish Book Award — and their family, which includes two cats who are nothing alike and a dog they adore named Dog.

Michael’s first book, co-written with Burk Murchison, will be released before the end of 2022. It is titled HOLE IN THE ROOF: The Dallas Cowboys, Clint Murchison Jr., and The Stadium that Changed American Sports Forever.