What: Come meet Erik Larson at the Crown Uptown! Watermark Books & Café, in conjunction with the Crown Uptown Theatre, invites you to attend an evening with the New York Times best-selling author of The Devil in the White City! Erik Larson will be in conversation with Ed O'Malley discussing his newest book The Splendid and the Vile —A fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. Ed O'Malley is the founding president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. Books will be pre-signed and Erik will be available for photos after the event.
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Crown Uptown Theatre at 3207 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, 67218
This is a ticketed event. Each ticket will admit one person and includes a copy of his newest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz . Please bring your ticket to the event—either physically as a printed ticket or electronically on your phone. Once you are checked into the event you will receive your book. Books will be pre-signed and Erik will be available for photos after the event. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.
If you cannot attend the event, please make arrangements to pick up your unclaimed book(s) within a month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Wichita-based literacy organization.
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About The Splendid and the Vile
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz
On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.
In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides 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.
About Erik Larson
Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.
About Ed O'Malley
Ed O’Malley is the founding president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. A former state legislator and gubernatorial aide, Ed started the center in 2007. Ed is a proud graduate of Kansas State University and bleeds purple with his Wildcats in all sports. On summer evenings, Ed can often be found in a well-worn powder blue ball cap, cheering on his beloved Kansas City Royals. On the personal side, Ed’s an avid runner. He’s participated in several marathons and a couple of what he refers to as “ill-advised” ultramarathons. Ed is married to his childhood sweetheart, Joanna, whom he met on a school bus in the seventh grade. They are the parents of three children: Kate, Jack and Lizzie.