Author Erik Larson talks Churchill in next Nick Linn series virtual lecture


Erik Larson’s impeccable prose has taken us into the mind of a serial killer, into the eye of the deadliest American hurricane, into the depths of the Atlantic in a torpedoed ocean liner.

His most recent book — the hugely acclaimed “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” — gives an intimate portrait of how Winston Churchill and his family lived during that devastating year-long bombing campaign, and how the British Bulldog rallied his nation to defeat the Nazis.

Larson is the third speaker, on Monday, March 1, in this year’s Nick Linn Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Collier County.

Erik Larson, author of "The Splendid and the Vile," who will speak in the 2021 Nick Linn Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Collier County.

The series is being presented this year as virtual, online-only lectures that can be watched live or viewed from the archive through April. The series usually sells out, so this is a rare opportunity to purchase tickets. For ticket information, see the accompanying information box.

Like Larson’s previous works, “The Splendid and the Vile” reflects his discipline as a writer and researcher, developed while working as a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and Time. And, as always in his books, he offers new details amid the sheer delight of historical discovery.



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