Described as “that rare combination: a satirist with a heart” (The Seattle Times), Tom Perrotta has earned critical acclaim and the adoration of book clubs across the country for his biting, empathetic novels about American life. He is best known for popular titles “Election,” which was adapted into a hit fi lm starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, and “Little Children,” which was turned into an award-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson that earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Perrotta for Best Adapted Screenplay. His most recent book, “The Abstinence Teacher,” is currently being adapted for the screen by Oscar nominated director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) for a 2012 release. Enjoy a lively conversation as Perrotta joins Doug Stanton to discuss his highly anticipated new novel “The Leftovers,” out August 30. In “The Leftovers,” Perrotta explores thought-provoking themes of love, connection and loss as a small suburban town is caught up in the chaos of a mysterious global event called the Sudden Departure. Is it the Rapture? Or something more sinister? And how will those left behind pick up the pieces of their shattered lives? A powerful and deeply moving book about people struggling to hold on to their beliefs, “The Leftovers” is sure to have readers buzzing long through the fall season. The evening will conclude with a reception and book signing with the author.