Combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid, political humorist P.J. O’Rourke covers current events like no other. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he in fact bashes all political persuasions. O’Rourke proves himself a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences.
P.J. O’Rourke has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have labeled him “the funniest writer in America.” He is the best-selling author of 20 books including Parliament of Whores, Republican Party Reptile, and his latest book, None of My Business: P.J. Explains Money, Banking, Debt, Equity, Assets, Liabilities, and Why He’s Not Rich and Neither Are You. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. Born in Toledo, Ohio, O’Rourke received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After graduate school he worked at small newspapers in Baltimore and New York. In the early 1970s he joined The National Lampoon. He then became a foreign correspondent and has since covered crises and conflicts in more than 40 countries. O’Rourke has written for such diverse publications from The Wall Street Journal to Car and Driver and Rolling Stone. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.
A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.