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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum 8th Annual ROOSEVELT READING FESTIVAL with Eleven Authors of Recently Published Books and “James MacGregor Burns: A Conversation and Readings” with James MacGregor Burns and Michael Beschloss

  |   June 17, 2011  |  Comment

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host its eighth annual Roosevelt Reading Festival highlighting the recently published work of eleven authors and a special afternoon presentation, “James MacGregor Burns: A Conversation and Readings” with renowned historians James MacGregor Burns and Michael Beschloss. The Reading Festival will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. All Reading Festival activities are open to the public free of charge.

In six concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, eleven authors of works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives — or focus on the Roosevelt era — will present author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. Copies of all of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store located in the Wallace Center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts.

The festival will culminate in a special program at 4:00 p.m., “James MacGregor Burns: A Conversation and Readings” featuring a conversation with renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning Roosevelt scholar James MacGregor Burns and his former student at Williams College, presidential historian and NBC News commentator Michael Beschloss. The discussion will center on Burns’s life and work studying the Roosevelt Era and the special relationship that developed between these two prominent American historians.

This year’s Roosevelt Reading Festival authors include:

Special Afternoon Presentation:

“James MacGregor Burns: A Conversation and Readings” with James MacGregor Burns and Michael Beschloss

Altschuler, Bruce E. – Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency – Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Beasley, Maurine H. – Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady – University Press of Kansas, 2010

Dinunzio, Mario R. – Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Third American Revolution – Praeger Publishers, 2011

Dunn, Susan – Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party – Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010

Moye, J. Todd – Freedom Flyer: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II – Oxford University Press, 2010

Robinson, Greg – A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America – Columbia University Press, 2009

Snow, Richard – A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II – Scribner, 2010

Terzian, Philip – Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century – Brief Encounters, 2010

Waller, Douglas – Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage – Free Press, 2011

Walsh, Kenneth T – Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House – Paradigm Publishers, 2011

Wynn, Neil A. – The African American Experience during World War II – Rowman and Littlefield, 2010

The event is free and open to the public. Author book signings will be conducted throughout the day and books will be available for purchase in the New Deal Store. The full schedule for the day is posted online. Regular admission will be charged for the Roosevelt Library and National Park Service sites. For additional information about this event please call Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745.

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