An Evening with Erik Larson

Join Friends, Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with Erik Larson on Tuesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Larson, the author of five national bestsellers, will speak about his newest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which will be released on February 25.

Tickets for the event, which will go on sale to the public January 31, are $38 each and include a copy of the book. The author will be available to sign copies of his book after he speaks.

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next 12 months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons (30,000 of them Londoners) and destroying two million homes. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally — that she was willing to fight to the end.


Advance Praise for The Splendid and the Vile

“Larson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City, writes nonfiction that reads like fiction — filled with complex characters and plot twists pulled from the annals of history. This is Winston Churchill like you’ve never seen him before — courageous, eloquent, and determined to see Britain triumph over the darkest days of war.” BookBub

“A captivating history of Churchill’s heroic year, with more than the usual emphasis on his intimates.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“What Larson brilliantly provides are the finer details of the effects on England as he focuses on the family and home of its dynamic, idiosyncratic, and indefatigable leader…. Larson’s skill at integrating vast research and talent for capturing compelling human dramas culminate in an inspirational portrait of one of history’s finest, most fearless leaders.” — Starred Review, Booklist

“If you’re a World War II/Winston Churchill buff — or maybe if ‘The Crown’ turned you into one — this book should be just up your alley.… I have an early copy of this book on my desk and idly began reading the first pages — and suddenly time disappeared.” The Seattle Times, 5 of the most highly anticipated books in 2020

“Larson’s new books is nonfiction that is as hard to put down as the best fiction.” — Library Reads (one of the top ten books to be published in February that librarians across the country love)


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