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An Evening with Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Jon Meacham

Tue Aug 27 2013

HICKORY, N.C.- Some say history repeats itself and the surest way to predict the future is to examine the patterns of the past. Jon Meacham’s newest book- a landmark biography of Thomas Jefferson for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize does just that.

On September 12, Meacham will be appearing at Lenoir-Rhyne University as the first author of the 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series where his exploration of America’s founding fathers and infamous presidents will bring a new level of understanding of today’s tumultuous times.

Meacham will bring stories of legendary U.S. presidents and prominent world leaders to life. His books shed light on relationships between the two that helped to shape the United States, as we know it.

Meacham’s tales of friendship between former U.S. president, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, set in the times of WWII, illuminate the pages of his novels and bring these historical chapters of America and its characters to life once again.

Meacham will speak at Lenoir-Rhyne on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7pm in P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Doors open at 6:15pm. This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

While appearing on the Daily Show in 2010, host John Stewart compared Meacham to  “a personal Wikipedia.”  His most recent book is Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a number one New York Times bestseller.

“[A] big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before,” says Entertainment Weekly.

This author isn’t afraid to go deep into American history and does so in his novels. “Meacham does an excellent job getting inside Jefferson’s head and his world.”— USA Today  

Meacham’s American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. He is also the author of two other bestsellers: Franklin and Winston (2003) and American Gospel (2006).

“Meacham’s marvelously readable American Lion brings alive a profoundly flawed but dazzlingly charismatic American original. Savage in war, madly romantic in love and fiercely loyal, our seventh president — as portrayed by this biographer — has little in common with the irascible populist from high school history.” – USA Today

Meacham, executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, is a contributing editor to Time magazine, former editor of Newsweek, and has written for publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others. Gordon Wood says of Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson, “Probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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