Thursday, August 27 at 7:00PM
RETURN FROM SIBERIA
by JOHN SHALLMAN
in conversation with DAN SHALLMAN
In the lead-up to the Bolshevik Revolution, one young revolutionary is condemned to exile in Siberia; a hundred years later, his ancestors discover his story and learn just how much history has repeated itself.
In the midst of running a long-shot political campaign, Democratic political consultant John Simon discovers a 100-year-old manuscript written by his grandfather Joseph—a brilliant young revolutionary whose exile to Siberia by the last czar of Russia is just the beginning of an extraordinary tale of survival, romance, and revolution. Return From Siberia chronicles not only the Simon family's relationship to each other and the past, but also the remarkable story of a young man who sacrificed everything for his political ideals.
As Joseph's manuscript is translated, chapter-by-chapter, the Simon family is pulled deep into their ancestor’s story— in particular, the bitter rivalry between two brothers, whose competing visions of the American Dream are played out on the campaign trail and in their lives. Return from Siberia is a timely appraisal of modern politics and society juxtaposed with an inside look into the machinations of a young political mind 100 years ago.
The true story documents an extraordinary time of political upheaval in Russia and Europe just prior to World War I while also drawing parallels to current day American politics and the current philosophical and ideological debates about immigration, Democratic Socialism, and Capitalism. Beyond the deep social, political, and philosophical themes, there is romance, adventure, betrayal, suspense, and the struggles of families today and in yesteryear. Return from Siberia illustrates how one modern family's connection to the past helps them resolve their future.
John Shallman is an award-winning media, advertising and campaign professional with an unparalleled record of political victories for clients throughout the country. The LA Times profiled his propensity for pulling off political upsets in their article entitled, “He’s Led Political Darkhorses to Surprising Wins.” Shallman’s roster of wins includes Governors, U.S. Senators, Congressmembers, State Legislators, and local elected officials from Mayor to District Attorney. Shallman is a “go-to” crisis management expert for A-List celebrities, corporate executives and athletes. He has consulted for a number of television and film projects, appeared on television news including ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News and has lectured at Universities and Colleges across the country. John served as President of the Los Angeles Transportation Commission, is a volunteer basketball coach for a local public park league and is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Campbell Hall School. A passionate sports fan, Shallman has especially enjoyed consulting for NFL teams and his beloved Los Angeles Clippers. John is a graduate of the University of Iowa and London School of Economics. He’s married to Lani Barrameda-Shallman and they have four children, four dogs and a bunny.
Dan Shallman, a former federal public corruption prosecutor, is an accomplished trial lawyer, investigator, and strategist. Mr. Shallman specializes in representing companies, independent board committees, and senior corporate executives in sensitive government and internal investigations. He is known for his ability to successfully resolve complex civil and criminal matters, including cross-border investigations involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws, the False Claims Act (FCA), and the Sherman Antitrust Act. Mr. Shallman is a leader of Covington’s west coast White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice and serves as vice chair of Covington’s renowned Global Anti-Corruption Practice Group. Mr. Shallman was a founding partner of Covington’s Los Angeles Office in 2015 and serves as the Hiring Partner. He has been named one of the most influential white collar defense attorneys in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal. A leader in the Los Angeles legal community, Mr. Shallman is a past chair of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee for Southern California and the 1,200-lawyer Legal Division of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.