Read & Lead Lunch with Jonathan Eig

Wed. March 18, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life, will share the life story of the twentieth century’s best known athlete in the world, with its timely intersections of religion and patriotism, race and celebrity, and sports and health. Eig has written five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Eig has also written for The New York Times,The New Yorker online, and The Washington Post, among other publications. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Ali was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and the Times Sports Biography of the Year.

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


Why should you attend?

Kick off the 2020 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.

“Stunning… Eig’s brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves.”—

“The hardest story to tell is one that’s been told and told well before. In Ali, Jonathan Eig, a fearless reporter, as relentless on his turf as Muhammad Ali ever was within the ring, has taken on one of 20th century America’s biggest, baddest, most important stories and told it bigger and badder than it’s ever been told before. Ali: A Life floats like a butterfly and stings likes a bee. Stop the fight. It’s over. Eig in a knockout.”—Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax

“Finally, after so many works focusing on this fight or that, the whole man, the whole life, is presented here. And what a revelation it is—to be able to see how this remarkable man was shaped by his world, and how that world was, in turn, profoundly influenced by this exceptional and complicated kid from Louisville. Bravo!”Ken Burns



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