Watermark Hosts David Von Drehle

Watermark is overjoyed to have award-winning author David Von Drehle visiting Watermark Books & Cafe. David Von Drehle is an author and journalist who wrote the award-winning books Triangle: The Fire That Changed America and Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year. David will be here to discuss his latest book: The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man. It follows David's real-life experience talking to his 109-year-old neighbor Charlie White, the plenty of live stories, that helped forged a strong friendship between the two of them. David through telling Charlie's story helps demonstrate to others the way to navigate life even through some of the most tumultuous times. David will be at Watermark Books & Cafe on Thursday, September 7th at 6 pm. We will also be streaming the event on Facebook Live. David will be here to talk about the book, do a Q&A with the audience, and do a book signing. We would love to see you there! Let your friends and family know. You can RSVP for the event using the button below, RSVPing isn't required for the event but doing so allows us to estimate the attendance number and helps us prepare the proper seating arrangement.

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About the Book:

 One of our nation’s most prominent writers finds the truth about how to live a long and happy life in the centenarian next door.

When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship—and a profound lesson in the meaning of life. Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie’s sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru’s president.

David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie’s resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change. As a gift to his children, he set out to tell Charlie’s secrets. The Book of Charlie is a gospel of grit—the inspiring story of one man’s journey through a century of upheaval. The history that unfolds through Charlie’s story reminds you that the United States has always been a divided nation, a questing nation, an inventive nation—a nation of Charlies in the rollercoaster pursuit of a good and meaningful life.

About the Author:

David Von Drehle is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics from a home base in the Midwest. He joined The Washington Post in 2017 after a decade at Time, where he wrote more than sixty cover stories as editor-at-large. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, journalist Karen Ball. They have four children.

Thursday, September 7, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
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The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476773926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 23rd, 2023

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year By David Von Drehle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037800
Availability: Available to order! Usually Ships to Store in 3-5 Days.
(This book is not returnable.)
Published: Picador - September 24th, 2013

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America By David Von Drehle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802141514
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - August 16th, 2004