Author Robert Morgan
"Lions of the West"
Thursday, September 13 @ 6:00 p.m.
LIONS OF THE WEST tells the story of ten American legends who helped achieve America’s Manifest Destiny. From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s Manifest Destiny comes to life in the skilled hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives collectively impact history. Thomas Jefferson first envisioned a United States that stretched across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits pushed the westward boundaries. Their stories – and the stories of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle the frontier – form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War. Without them, the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. It is filled with illustrations, portraits, maps, battle plans, and timelines throughout.
ROBERT MORGAN is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, noted most for his novel Gap Creek and Boone, his biography of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. A professor at Cornell University since 1971 and visiting writer-in-residence at half a dozen universities, his awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010.
Tickets: $10 per person or $50 per book club (up to 8 members), includes appetizers and cash bar