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Historians Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life), Frye Gaillard (A Hard Rain), and Preston Lauterbach (Bluff City), through biography, personal history, and a little-known story, examine multiple views of lives and stories of a critical time in American history. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
Why should you attend?
“For those who have long admired Ashe, this close look at his life offers even more evidence that he was more than a great player, he was an extraordinary person. . . . Arthur Ashe: A Life is among the best books about tennis I’ve ever read — it’s a deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle of one of the country’s best and most important players.” –Touré, The New York Times Book Review
“With graceful prose and a storyteller’s eye, Frye Gaillard captures the hope and tragedy of the 1960s, one of the pivotal decades in American history. Beginning with the idealism of the civil rights movement, and ending with the violence both at home and abroad brought about by the war in Vietnam, Gaillard offers a dimensioned portrait of a nation straining toward its highest ideals. Many published books report on some aspect of the history, but rare is the account that is as comprehensive and personal. A masterwork.” –Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder
“Through intimate reporting and effortless storytelling, Bluff City captures both the tragic ironies of FBI espionage and the fertile contradictions of Memphis, Tennessee. The photographs of Ernest Withers—spy, artist, race man, and cagey black conservative—have never looked more meaningful.” —William J. Maxwell, author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature