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Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider Joins Daniel Silva Live Program at the J
An Interview about Daniel Silva's new book "House of Spies"
Sunday, August 13, 2017
by mgroogan

Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider Joins Daniel Silva Live Program at the J

Houston, TX - Andrew Schneider has been tapped to conduct the live on-stage interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 601 S. Braeswood, Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Andrew Schneider heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state and local elections. He reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, state, county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as HPM’s business reporter, covering the oil and gas industry and other issues affecting the regional and state economies. He also served as the station’s occasional foreign correspondent, reporting from Afghanistan in 2013 and Germany in 2015. Andrew’s work has aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Here & Now, as well as internationally on the BBC World Service. Before moving to Houston, Andrew spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C. as a reporter for The Kiplinger Letter. He holds degrees in history from the University of Chicago and Duke University.

“Each summer, readers anticipate the return of legendary art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent, Gabriel Allon,” said Assistant Executive Director Marilyn Hassid.

This is Silva’s third appearance at the J, this time speaking about his summer blockbuster, House of Spies. The J always recruits an interviewer to to make the dialogue more interesting. In 2007, at the Jewish Book & Arts Fair Opening Night Program it was Shara Fryer, who admitted to “falling in love” with Allon.  In 2014, during Silva’s summer tour, Robert Clemins of the University of Houston Honors Program served as moderator.

“This year, I called former Book & Arts Fair Chair and creative thinker, Susan Farb Morris to get some guidance.  She was deep into promoting the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival and happened to be heading over to Houston Public Media. She suggested Andrew and made the connection,” Hassid said. “Andrew shared with me that this would be a ‘first time read’ for him but that Silva was his grandmother’s favorite writer. In fact, he once met him getting a book signed for her.”

Silva has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. In his newest heart-stopping tale of suspense, Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin. Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page.

Book signing and a reception follow the program. Tickets are $30 and includes a copy of the book available at You can also call 713-595-8162.  Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Photo Caption: Andrew Schneider will moderate a discussion with blockbuster novelist Daniel Silva at the J Sunday, July 16.

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