An Evening with Erik Larson | To Be Rescheduled

An Evening with Erik Larson to be rescheduled. 
Please see an announcement from the History Book Festival 

The bad news:
In The Splendid and the Vile, Mr. Larson tells how Winston Churchill, his family, and his fellow citizens of London found ways to navigate the unimaginable together during the Blitz (which commenced 80 years ago this September). Inspired by their determination and resourcefulness, we never gave up on finding ways to provide a safe way to host Mr. Larson in our community next week – until now
We just talked with Mr. Larson’s publisher, and we regret to inform you that we have agreed to postpone his appearance in Lewes.
We will process refunds for all ticketholders immediately.

Now the good news:

  • Erik Larson’s publisher has agreed to reschedule his visit to Lewes, once we know it is safe for us to gather again.
  • All of you who purchased tickets for this 3/17 event will receive advance notice and first dibs on tickets for that event.
  • We know you were looking forward to reading this book. We are offering two options for that:
    • We have purchased 30 additional copies for the Lewes Public Library (matched by another 30 from our official bookseller, Browesabout Books in Rehoboth Beach – thank you, Browesabout!). These copies will be available throughout the Delaware library system, helping to reduce the wait lists and allowing more people to read this inspiring story;
    • Ticketholders for our 3/17 event who retain proof of purchase of The Splendid and the Vile from Broweabout Books (whether in person or online) or biblion in Lewes, will receive exclusive seat-only pricing for our next Erik Larson event.
    • Note that because The Splendid and the Vile is now #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, Browesabout is discounting them by 25%! Good news indeed!
    • Remember: your purchase from Browseabout not only supports a small business, it also helps to fund the History Book Festival, allowing us to host these wonderful authors!

Purchase The Splendid and the Vile.

Thank you for being part of the History Book Festival and the Lewes Public Library community!

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (Penguin Random House, 2020)
On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London.

Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.


Event date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1250 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958