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Erik Larson, Author Visit: October 25, 2017

Westerville Public Library

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Erik Larson, Author Visit: October 25, 2017

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Presentation & Book Signing
This ticket includes admission to the presentation and book signing (Westerville South High School at 7pm). Seating is first come, first served. (For handicap accessible seating or other accommodations, call 614-882-7277 x5023 or email programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.)
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Over 100 years ago, a British passenger ship set sail from New York and was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland. Through the lens of his book Dead Wake, Erik Larson, known as the master of narrative nonfiction, will talk about his approach to writing history and the importance of finding and using archival detail to put readers at the heart of the action -- or in this case, into the waters of the Irish Sea.

This event is part of a series for the 5th annual community-wide reading program, Westerville Reads. Register to attend eligible events leading up to Erik Larson's visit and receive a free paperback copy of Dead WakeLearn more.

 

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Location: Westerville South High School auditorium
Address: 303 South Otterbein Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Time: 7pm (Doors open at 6pm. Seating is first come, first served.)
Tickets: $20 per person 

Erik Larson will speak, followed by an opportunity for audience questions, a book sale and book signing. 

Additionally, copies of Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck will be available for purchase and signing. Guests will be released for the book signing by row, continuing from front to back. Limit of 3 books per person.

Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities. For more information, contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.

Follow along with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag #wplauthors.

 

ABOUT WESTERVILLE READS

As part of the Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Westerville community is invited to read and discuss this year’s selections for Westerville Reads: Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania and Lindsay Mattick’s Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear.

Then, delve into the life and experience of those who lived through the “war to end all wars” with cemetery tours, reader's theater, local history exhibitions and other events from October 1 through November 12, 2017. Learn more.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

"With a narrative as smooth as the titular passenger liner, Larson delivers a riveting account of one of the most tragic events of WWI." - Publisher's Weekly

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone.

For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.  Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige.

Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake  brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Larson is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, most recently Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, which hit #1 on the Times list soon after launch. His previous book was In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, which also hit #1 and remained on the printed list for 35 weeks. As a paperback, Beasts lingered on the list for 53 weeks, and spent 15 of them in the #1 spot. Movie rights were optioned by Universal Studios and Tom Hanks’ Playtone. Erik’s book The Devil in the White City stayed on the Times' hardcover and paperback lists for a combined total of over five years. It won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for a National Book Award; the option to make a movie of the book was acquired in November 2010 by Leonardo DiCaprio. In August, 2015, DiCaprio formed a new alliance to make the film, in which Martin Scorsese will direct, and Billy Ray will write the screenplay; Paramount will be the backing studio.

Erik’s research has taken him to far-flung locales, and down innumerable strange alleys. For his 2006 bestseller, Thunderstruck, Erik traveled to London, Munich, Rome, Nova Scotia, and Cape Cod, as he sought to chronicle the strange intersection in the careers of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless, and Hawley Harvey Crippen, England’s second most-famous murderer (after Jack the Ripper). To broaden his understanding of Marconi and his roots, Erik studied Italian; he achieved an elementary grasp of the language while developing an advanced appreciation for Italian red wines.

Erik also wrote Isaac’s Storm, published in September 1999. In addition to becoming an immediate Times bestseller, the book won the American Meteorology Society’s prestigious Louis J. Battan Author’s Award. The Washington Post called it the “‘Jaws’ of hurricane yarns.”

Erik graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language and culture. He received a masters in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Larson became a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time Magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications.

Larson lives in Seattle with his wife and three daughters. Numerous beloved rodents are buried in his back yard.

 

ABOUT THE SERIES

To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading, the Westerville Public Library (often in partnership with the Westerville Library Foundation) has committed to bringing engaging and inspiring authors to the Westerville and Central Ohio community.

View highlights from past events via the slideshow below or read more about the series.

 


 

FAQs

 

Which books will be available for purchase?

Copies of Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Devil in the White City, and Thunderstruck will be available for purchase and signing. 

 

Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can order?

Yes, you can only order 4 tickets of each ticket type per order/transaction. If you are coming as part of a book group, contact the Program Office regarding options at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or email programoffice@westervillelibrary.org


Can I get a ticket at the door? 

If the event is not yet full, you may get a ticket onsite. Please know that there are a limited number of seats and that ticket availability may be limited. No entry is allowed without a ticket.

 

Can I choose my seat? 

You will be able to choose your seat when you arrive at the venue - seating is first come, first served. 

Guests with disabilities can contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.

 

Can accommodations be made for guests with disabilities?

Yes. Contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.


I plan to attend this event with my child. Should I order a ticket for both of us?

You must order a ticket for any child occupying a seat in the auditorium. However, you may attend with one child under 2 years old in your lap without acquiring an extra ticket.


My plans have changed and I can no longer attend this event. What should I do?

Please let us know by contacting us at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must show either a printed ticket or your ticket on a mobile device.


What time does seating begin?

Doors open and seating begins at 6pm. 

 

How does the book signing work? 

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the book signing. Guests will be released by row, continuing from front to back. 

Books will be available at a sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation. Guests are also welcome to bring personal copies for signing. Limit of 3 books per guest.

"Action" photos of you having your book signed by the author are welcome. If time allows, posed photos may be requested after the book signing is completed.

Please note that the book signings may take some time. These are large events and the author is given the opportunity to interact with guests as they choose, so lines may be long.

 

Can I get my book signed without purchasing a ticket?

No. To be eligible for the book signing, you must have a ticket to the event.

 

When and where can I purchase books and what forms of payment will be accepted?

The book sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation will be located in the common area outside the auditorium. Credit card, check and cash payments are accepted. The book sale will remain open during the presentation and will continue afterward based upon demand and book availability. The book sale is a fundraiser for the Westerville Library Foundation.

At the conclusion of the author's presentation, feel free to exit the auditorium to make book purchases. Or, once you are released for the book signing, let a staff member know you'd like to purchase a book and we'll hold your spot in line.

Please note that the number of books for sale is limited, and the Foundation may sell out. If you wish to ensure that you have a copy of the book for signing, you are welcome to bring your personal copy.

 

Does this event have an official hashtag?

Yes! Follow along or share your experiences with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag: #wplauthors.

 

Does the library host other author events?

Yes! To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading, the Westerville Public Library (often in partnership with the Westerville Library Foundation) has committed to bringing engaging and inspiring authors to the Westerville and Central Ohio community via the Meet the Authors series. Learn more.

 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or programoffice@westervillelibrary.org.

 


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM


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