Local Writers Event With Literary Agent Deborah Grosvenor

History Book Festival Special Event

Local writers invited to talk to Literary Agent, Deborah Grosvenor

Join us for “A conversation of interest to writers with Deborah Grosvenor, Literary Agent” on Friday October 6 at 10 am at the Lewes Public Library at 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE.  The event is free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.  Deborah Grosvenor heads the Grosvenor Literary Agency and has more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing business as an agent and editor. Ms. Grosvenor will speak about the publishing industry and how to engage with it. She looks forward to answering questions from attendees.  An interview with her can be found here in Writer's Digest.

During her career, Grosvenor edited or represented several hundred nonfiction books. She is interested in narrative nonfiction in the categories of history, biography, politics, current and foreign affairs, memoir, food, health, science, the environment and travel. For fiction, her interests are simply in great storytelling, especially in an historical context.

As an editor, she acquired Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October. Her distinguished client list includes nationally prominent writers, New York Times bestselling authors, and prize-winning historians and journalists. Among them are: Stephen Coonts, Eleanor Clift, Morton Kondracke, Thomas Oliphant, Henry Allen, Aaron Miller, Scott Wallace, Curtis Wilkie, Nina Burleigh, Thomas Fleming, John Sexton, Jay Rubenstein, Willard Randall, Mark Geragos, Peter Cozzens, Meg Noonan, Barbara Dreyfuss and Elizabeth Pryor.

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Keynote - James Swanson

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.




$10 tickets available here!

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Author "Bonus" Signings At Lewes Public Library

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.

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History Book Sale

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.

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