SLCL's Westfall Series Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Tony Horwitz

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Award-winning journalist and historian Tony Horwitz will discuss and sign his book “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War" at St. Louis County Library on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Journalist and historian Tony Horwitz visits SLCL

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present award-winning journalist and historian Tony Horwitz for a discussion and signing of his book “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War.”

The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:00 pm. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Pudd’nHead Books.

The acclaimed author of “Confederates in the Attic” returns to the Civil War era to tell the gripping drama of a man and a mission that changed the course of history.

Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America.

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. Now, “Midnight Rising” paints Brown's uprising in vivid color, capturing a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.

In this riveting book, Tony Horwitz probes the troubled soul of Brown, the desperate passion of his followers, and the spirit of a sundered nation. The result is both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a fiery time that still resonates in our own.

Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of “A Voyage Long and Strange,” “Blue Latitudes,” “Confederates in the Attic,” and “Baghdad Without a Map.” He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.

The program with Tony Horwitz is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit

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