Candice Millard is a New York Times bestselling historian widely acclaimed for producing “crisp, concise and revealing history” (The Washington Post). She began her distinguished career as a writer and editor for National Geographic, before turning her attention to book-length projects. Millard’s 2005 debut, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, explored a little-known chapter in the life of our twenty-sixth president. Her 2011 follow-up, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, chronicled the life and assassination of President James Garfield. Both charted extremely well and garnered Millard numerous honors. Millard’s newest title, debuting in September, focuses on the larger-than-life character of Winston Churchill--prior to his time as Prime Minister. Hero of the Empire recounts the story of Churchill’s capture and harrowing escape from a POW camp in colonial South Africa during the Boer Wars.
Club Book is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and is coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Club Book works with all eight library systems in the seven-county region to bring bestselling and award-winning authors to audiences in all corners of the Twin Cities metro.
Club Books’s supporters include lead media sponsors, Minnesota Public Radio and MinnPost, for their media support, and lead bookseller, Common Good Books. Thanks also to Club Book’s lodging partner, InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, and to Around Town Agency for helping out-of-town authors find their way to the libraries.
And last but not least, you. Your support--from your enthusiastic endorsement of Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment, to your continued attendance at Club Book each season--is a visible and telling marker of our state’s special relationship with the literary arts.