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‘Midnight Rising’ author Horwitz presents for CLSC

‘Midnight Rising’ author Horwitz presents for CLSC

Tony Horwitz, author of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, will present at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

Midnight Rising follows John Brown to the raid on Harpers Ferry — a battle that changed the course of history — and Horwitz will discuss his research and give a glimpse into what he learned while writing the book.

“Midnight Rising is a portrait of a man so obsessed, and it is also a portrait of a man of actions reduced to a paragraph in your history books,” said Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education. “The detailed planning and the detailed efforts in creating this raid are all covered in this book.”

A literary lunch with two Pulitzer winners and a ‘Daily’ reporter

A literary lunch with two Pulitzer winners and a ‘Daily’ reporter

I stood in line at the Afterwords Café and tried to decide what two Pulitzer Prize winners would like to drink.

I arrived an hour early to claim a table for my interview with Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz. Their books, Caleb’s Crossing and Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, are the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections for Week Three.

Water? Iced tea? Pop?

I glanced out the door, and I saw the pair walking toward the Colonnade. Horwitz gestured at something, and I assumed they were lost.

My first instinct was to run out of the shop, go down the steps and yell, “Tony!”

So I did, which is the best first impression any journalist could ask for.

2012 CLSC book choices showcase unique characters

2012 CLSC book choices showcase unique characters

The 2012 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle books follow two themes: the weekly morning lecture platform and their own season-long “characters.”

“We try very hard to have a group of books that reflect different genres, and a variety of authors, and to offer books that Chautauquans can connect to the weekly theme,” said Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education. “In addition, this year’s ‘vertical theme,’ connecting all the books, is ‘characters,’ reflecting writing with strong character development.”