Morven Museum & Garden and the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) join forces for the third annual Salon on Stockton: A Little Literary Festival in Princeton, on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Presented as part of the Princeton Migration Project, a community-wide investigation of the theme of migration taking place throughout Princeton from February through May, this year’s literary conversations and presentations include four noted journalists and authors of fiction and non-fiction books dealing with slavery, the Civil War, displacement of Europeans during and after World War II, and the social effects of the fall of the Soviet Union.

Participating writers are Scottish journalist Neal Ascherson, Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey; Scottish BBC journalist Sally Magnusson; and New York Times best-selling author and Associated Press reporter Lynne Olson.

The salon starts on Friday, April 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Morven, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, with a meet-the-authors reception and an informal panel discussion titled “Covering War: Journalists in Conversation” with Ascherson, Dickey, and Stanley Cloud, the former Saigon and White House bureau chief at Time magazine.

The cost for the reception is $50 and includes an all-day pass for Saturday, April 14.

The Saturday, April 14, event moves to Luce Hall at Center of Theological Inquiry, 50 Stockton Street, Princeton, with the following schedule:

10 a.m.: Magnusson will discuss “The Sealwoman’s Gift.” Magnusson’s first work of fiction, the book examines 17th century Icelandic slave raids by Algerian corsairs. CTI director Will Storrar leads the discussion.

11:30 a.m.: Dickey relates the true story of his non-fiction book “Our Man in Charleston,” an account of Englishman Robert Bunch’s communications to the British government that helped dissuade them from supporting the Confederate cause, despite British industries’ reliance on cotton produced by the American South.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch, pre-ordered options available.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Olson, whose latest book is “Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War,” will share her expertise on the plight of Europeans fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

3 to 4 p.m.: Ascherson, an expert on Poland and Eastern Europe and a regular writer for the Guardian newspaper, will touch on variety of topics, including his first novel, “The Death of the Fronsac,” a recreation of life during and after World War II Poland.

At the conclusion of Ascherson’s session, Dickey, Magnusson, Olson, and Storrar will join him for a group conversation.

Tickets are $10 per session; $30 for an all-day pass. For tickets call 609-924-8144, x133, e-mail, or visit

The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent research institution with a visiting scholar program in Princeton. For more information, visit

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