Carnegie Mellon University
April 25, 2022

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The John Kane Paradox: The Value and Dignity of Labor and Who Decides What Art Is with Louise Lippincott, Co-Author on April 29th!

Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 1pm

The triumph of love during years of atrocity and depravation is brought hauntingly to life in The Bucharest Dossier by William Maz-- a love story within a spy thriller within a historical novel. Maz shows how love can survive even under the direst of circumstances, in this case the brutality of Romania’s bloody revolution, and the miserable and debilitating years under a Communist regime.  CIA analyst Bill Hefflin is a disillusioned Romanian expat who has lost his sense of community, his core identity, his language and his sense of home. He arrives in Bucharest on the eve of the 1989 Romanian rebellion at the insistence of his KGB asset, whom he code-named Boris. As Hefflin becomes embroiled in an uprising that turns into a brutal revolution, nothing is as it seems, including his search for his childhood love. With the bloody events unfolding at breakneck speed, Hefflin realizes the revolution is being manipulated by outside forces, including his own CIA and Boris—the puppeteer who seems to be pulling all the strings in Hefflin’s life.

William Maz was born in Bucharest, Romania, of Greek parents and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Yale residency. During his high school and undergraduate years, he developed a passion for writing fiction. He studied writing at Harvard, the New School, The Writer’s Studio in New York City, and with Gordon Lish, and is now writing full time.