Keynote Speaker: James L. Swanson
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th | 7 PM | Bethel United Methodist Church |
James L. Swanson is an American author and historian famous for his New York Times best-seller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (2007), for which he earned an Edgar Award.
-- “James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
-- “Brilliant! Absolutely haunting. . . . This historical book is almost impossible to put down.” (Patricia Cornwell)
-- “A gripping page-turner . . . Riveting . . . Booth comes across as viscerally real.” (Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A))
-- “Told expertly . . . Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.” (Wall Street Journal)
-- “Extraordinary . . . Brilliant . . . As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama” (Boston Globe)
-- “An action-adventure . . . infuse[d] with high drama. . . . A multifaceted chronicle.” (New York Times)
-- “Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI’ immediacy.” (Washington Post)
Swanson graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in history and received his J.D. from the UCLA Law School. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the only Ford’s Theatre Society and is a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
His other books include: Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (2006) (co-authored), Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth (2009), Bloody Times: the Funeral for Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis (2010), Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse (2010), “The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (2013), and End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (2013). His next book is Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin (2018).
Also, in addition to Mr. Swanson, members of the Federal City Brass Band will provide accompaniment to Swanson's dramatic tribute of President Lincoln. The Federal City Brass Band, founded in 2002 by Jari Villanueva, recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. For the most part, the instruments used by the band are originals dating to the mid 19th century. The sources of the music include original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era. Each year the band participates in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in Gettysburg, PA.
KEYNOTE EVENT - FRIDAY, OCT 6TH - 7 PM - BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
History Book Festival author signings will occur throughout the day at Lewes Public Library. Authors will also sign books immediately after their presentations. For specific times and locations of author presentations, visit historybookfestival.org.
Schedule of Authors:
10 a.m. Margaret Wagner and Ed Henry
11 a.m. Beverly Brown (for Elizabeth Brown Pryor) and Armando Lucas Correa
12:00 p.m. Jann Haynes Gilmore and L. M. Elliott
1 p.m. Kim Rogers Burdick, Randy J. Holland, James Swanson, and Joanne Guilfoil (local author)
2 p.m. David O. Stewart, Martin Torgoff, Charles and Caroline Todd, and Michael Morgan (local author)
3 p.m. Daphne P. Geanacopoulos, Kermitt Roosevelt, III, and James Curtis (local author)
4 p.m. Craig Harline and Meryl Gordon
All books to be signed must be purchased at Biblion Books, Browseabout Books, or at the Festival. If you purchased a book elsewhere, a $10 "golden ticket" bookmark may be purchased entitling you to have the book signed by the author.
In conjunction with The History Book Festival, the Friends of the Lewes Public Library is hosting a sale of used, rare, and collectible history books on October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nearly 4,000 books will be available, at prices 30-50% lower than internet prices (Amazon, Bookfinder, etc.). The book subjects cover a wide range of topics within ancient, modern, and local history, and includes historical figures biographies.
Book signing at biblion in Lewes (Second and Market Streets) on Sunday, September 3, from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Sales benefit the History Book Festival, www.historybookfestival.org, a non-profit organization. Net proceeds will be distributed to Sussex County libraries.
For more information contact: Jen Mason, proprietor, 302.644.2210