PICCOLO SPOLETO LITERARY FESTIVAL: John Avlon
JOHN AVLON—“Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs.” In this new Deadline Artists collection, America’s greatest journalists take on the stories of scandal, tragedy, triumph, and tribute that have defined the spirit of their age. This is history written in the present tense, offering high drama and enduring wisdom. Walk with Jack London in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake, or grieve over the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with Walt Whitman while the blood dries at Ford’s Theater. Watch as Watergate unfolds, sex scandals explode, the Twin Towers implode, and winning home runs capture the thrill of a comeback capped with a World Series victory. John Avlon is senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics, and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. Mr. Avlon’s talk and the following reception will be the Literary Festival’s finale. June 1 at 3pm. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Admission: $36; event includes reception.