Community Read

Julie Orringer
The Flight Portfolio: A Novel

Monday, Nov 4 | 7:30 PM

The Flight PortfolioIn 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape, including Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and Marc Chagall. He stayed more than a year, working to obtain false documents, funds and coordinate journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports.

The race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage, featuring a real-life quest of a hero to save the lives and work of Europe’s great minds.

Join the Community Read by reading The Flight Portfolio before the Festival, or make it your book club’s choice this fall! Let us know if your book club will be reading along. Contact for VIP book club benefits.

The Flight Portfolio: $31
Purchase the book at the J after Oct 2 to receive FREE entry to the Community Read program. Book + ticket bundle can also be purchased online by changing the price level.

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Tickets for the program: $15 Member | $21 Public

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Julie Orringer
About the Author

Julie Orringer is the author of the novel The Invisible Bridge and the award-winning short-story collection How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times Notable Book.

She is the winner of The Paris Review‘s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.


For more information, please contact Andrea Wolfe at or 713.729.3200 ext. 3109.