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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host the ninth annual Roosevelt Reading Festival.

  |   June 14, 2012  |  Comment

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host the ninth annual Roosevelt Reading Festival. The day-long program will highlight the recently published work of twelve authors — including Jean Edward Smith author of Eisenhower in War and Peace — and a special afternoon presentation by Franklin D. Roosevelt historian Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II. The Reading Festival will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. This is a free public event.

In six concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, twelve 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 9:45 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts.

This year’s Roosevelt Reading Festival authors include:

Special Afternoon Presentation:
Persico, Joseph E. , Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II Random House, 2012

Bodnar, John
The “Good War” in American Memory, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Conant, Jennet
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington  and A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS Simon & Schuster, 2011

Davis, Ren and Helen
Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s Parks McDonald & Woodward, 2011

de Kay, James Tertius
Roosevelt’s Navy: The Education of a Warrior President, 1882-1920 Pegasus, 2012

Hiltzik, Michael
The New Deal: A Modern History  Free Press, 2011

Huddle, Mark A., ed.
Roi Ottley’s World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist  University Press of Kansas, 2011

Knepper, Cathy
Jersey Justice: The Story of the Trenton Six  Rivergate Books, 2011

McLaughlin, John J.
General Albert C. Wedemeyer: America’s Unsung Strategist in World War II Casemate, 2012

Robinson, Greg
After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics University of California Press, 2012

Shirley, Craig
December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World Thomas Nelson, 2011

Smith, Jean Edward
Eisenhower in War and Peace Random House, 2012

Stuckey, Mary E.
Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity University Press of Kansas, 2004

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 at www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu. 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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