Jeff Shaara : Photo Credit Slade Downs
June 5, 2012
-- To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller of historical and military fiction Jeff Shaara will make a special West Coast appearance on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA. Shaara is the author of twelve books, including Civil War novels "Gods and Generals," "The Last Full Measure," and the recently released "A Blaze of Glory."
Shaara is appearing as part of Walnut Creek Library Foundation’s annual One City One Book program, which this year features the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Killer Angels," written by Jeff Shaara’s late father, Michael Shaara. "The Killer Angels" tells the story of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and was selected in anticipation of the WCLF’s hosting of a distinctive national traveling exhibit titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the National Constitution Center.
Shaara is a popular and engaging speaker at lecture series, universities, book festivals, and Civil War and other historical organizations throughout the country, most often presenting at East Coast and Midwest venues. His appearance in Walnut Creek marks a rare and very special trip to California.
Tickets for the exclusive presentation went on sale June 5 and are available online at www.LesherArtCenter.org, by phone at 925.943.SHOW, and at both the Lesher Center ticket office and the ticket outlet in the Walnut Creek Library on the first floor.
For a limited time only, from June 5 to August 1, tickets are $25; after August 1, tickets are $35. Shaara’s books will be on sale at the event, and he will be signing copies after the presentation.
In 1996, Shaara published his first novel, "Gods and Generals," a prequel to his father’s great work, which leapt onto the New York Times Bestseller List where it remained for fifteen weeks. "Gods and Generals" was awarded the American Library Association's prestigious William Young Boyd Award. In 1998, Shaara published the sequel, "The Last Full Measure," which rode the New York Times Bestseller List for thirteen weeks. Two years later, Shaara published his third novel and third best seller, "Gone For Soldiers," which followed many familiar Civil War characters back to their experiences in the Mexican-American War of the 1840s. Of Shaara’s twelve books, nine have been bestsellers. For more information about Jeff Shaara, visit www.JeffShaara.com, and www.rhspeakers.com/
For more information about the Shaara presentation, the “Lincoln” national traveling exhibit, and additional Civil War commemorative events, visit the Walnut Creek Library Foundation at www.WCLibrary.org.