Conversation with the author: Kate Clifford Larson: Library of Congress National Book Festival

Please join WTTW and PBS Books in conjunction with the Library of Congress on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. via facebook live for a conversation with Kate Clifford Larson about his book Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamercommunity organizer and civil rights leader. Tim Russell, WTTW-WFMT Vice President of Community Engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Heather-Marie Montilla, National Director of PBS Books, will moderate the conversation.

Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer is the most comprehensive biography ever written on this civil rights icon, drawing on recently declassified sources on both Hamer and the civil rights movement, including unredacted FBI and Justice Department files . The book also makes full use of interviews with civil rights activists conducted by the Smithsonian and the archives of the Library of Congress and the Democratic National Committee, in addition to in-depth conversations with Hamer’s family and those with whom she worked most. closely. Moving, immersive and authoritative, walk with me does justice to the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, fully capturing the spirit and voice that led the fight for freedom and equality in America at its critical moment.

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is a New York Times and the wall street journal bestselling author of four critically acclaimed biographies: Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer; On the Road to the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero; Rosemary: Kennedy’s hidden daughter; and The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. After earning BA and MA degrees from Simmons University and an MBA from Northeastern University, Larson earned a Ph.D. in American History at the University of New Hampshire, specializing in American and African American women’s history. of the 19th and 20th centuries. An award-winning consultant, Larson has worked on feature film scripts, documentaries, museum exhibits, educational guides, and public history and tourism initiatives, and appears frequently in local, national, and international media. Dr. Larson is also a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

This conversation is part of Books Bring Us Together: The Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The festival is free and open to all. Interested attendees who cannot attend the festival in person can tune in to sessions throughout the day. Multi-stage events will be streamed live on loc.gov/bookfest. Videos of all presentations will be available on demand shortly after the festival.

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