Read & Lead Lunch with Douglas Brinkley

Wed. March 20, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Signature Family Wealth Advisors


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Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, will speak about his life and work at the annual Read & Lead Lunch. He is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.

Enjoy a delicious plated lunch and dessert, followed by book sales and a signing with Mr. Brinkley.

Ticket sales for this program are now closed.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Barbara Ehrenreich has had to cancel her participation in the Festival and will no longer be the featured speaker for the 2019 Read & Lead Lunch.

Why should you attend?

Kick off the 2019 Festival with our very first program of the week! Proceeds from your ticket will also support Festival author visits to local public and private K-12 classrooms. Each year, the Festival schedules approximately 100 author visits with local students.

“In an age when so little seems possible, Douglas Brinkley has taken us back to a moment when everything did. In telling the riveting story of John Kennedy and the race to the Moon, Brinkley explores the complexities of politics, diplomacy, technology, and, perhaps most important, of human nature itself. This is a great book.”—Jon Meacham

“Douglas Brinkley is not only a scholar, he’s a true storyteller. American Moonshot evokes and era, and brings to life the vivid personalities that accomplished one of the greatest feats in history.”—Lawrence Wright

American Moonshot is a thoroughly terrific work which should reach the widest possible audience. As a study in leadership, it is absolutely first rate. As history, it is inspiring and enthralling. And to cap it all, it is a completely riveting story about the Space Age. I love this book.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

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