Offsite (St. Joseph’s College):
Monday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Erik Larson presents The Splendid and the Vile
In conversation with Maria Konnikova
Tickets $35 (includes seat and book)
Erik Larson (#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake) comes to the Brooklyn Voices Series for the launch of his fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless”—a story of political brinkmanship as well as an intimate domestic drama. Larson draws on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—to provide a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. Larson discusses his book with Maria Konnikova, contributing writer for the New Yorker and author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game, at this pre-publication launch event.
Each $35 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Splendid and the Vile; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Erik Larson will sign books following the presentation.
St. Joseph’s College is located at 245 Clinton Ave in Brooklyn.