Saint Thomas Academy to Host Event Honoring Vince Flynn’s Legacy and Nationwide Launch of ‘The Survivor’

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Saint Thomas Academy will host the nationwide release of The Survivor, the next book in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series of political thrillers. Tickets for the event on Tuesday, Oct. 6 featuring New York Times best-selling author Kyle Mills, and several of Flynn's family and friends discussing Flynn and his contributions to literary fiction, are now on sale at: http://www.cadets.com/VinceFlynn.

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Saint Thomas Academy was very influential in who Vince became, how he lived his life, and, of course, his career. It is incredibly gratifying to have Atria Books and Kyle Mills continue Vince’s literary legacy as well as his support of the Academy.

In cooperation with the Vince Flynn Estate, his family, Simon & Schuster's Atria Books and the Har Mar Mall Barnes & Noble, Saint Thomas Academy is proud to host the nationwide release of The Survivor, the next book in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series of political thrillers. New York Times best-selling author Kyle Mills, who completed the book started by Flynn prior to his death in 2013, and several of Flynn's family and friends will participate in panel discussions honoring the man, and his contributions to literary fiction and Saint Thomas Academy. Tickets for the event, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Vincent J. Flynn Hall at Saint Thomas Academy, are now on sale at: http://www.cadets.com/VinceFlynn. Proceeds benefit Saint Thomas Academy.

Flynn, a 1984 graduate of Saint Thomas Academy, was a long-time supporter of the school and served as a member of the board of trustees. “Saint Thomas Academy was very influential in who Vince became, how he lived his life, and, of course, his career,” said his wife, Lysa. “It is incredibly gratifying to have Atria Books and Kyle Mills continue Vince’s literary legacy as well as his support of Saint Thomas Academy. I’m sure Vince would be thrilled.”

The evening will feature two panel discussions, both moderated by Flynn’s personal friend, current Saint Thomas Academy parent and WCCO-TV Anchor Frank Vascellaro:

  • Mills, Flynn's only editor, Emily Bestler, senior VP and editor-in-chief of Emily Bestler Books; and Flynn's agent, Sloan Harris, will discuss how and why Mills was chosen to continue the Mitch Rapp series, the process Mills went through to learn about the series and its characters and voice, and Flynn’s rise from unknown author selling books from the trunk of his car to world famous writer getting invited to the White House.
  • Twin Cities’ media personalities Joe Soucheray, Dan Barreiro and Tom Barnard; Flynn’s brother Tim; and Flynn’s childhood friend Tom Tracy will share their personal perspectives on Flynn

Following the two panels, there will be a question-and-answer period with all of the panelists taking questions from the audience.

“Knowing Vince Flynn meant a great deal to me, both personally and professionally,” Flynn’s editor, Bestler, said. “The opportunity to commemorate his life’s work at a school that helped shape him into the wonderful man he was feels like the perfect way to honor his career and continuing legacy.”

The event will be held in the Flynn/Sjoberg Arena in Vincent J. Flynn Hall. Tickets are available at the following prices:

  • V.I.P. section–$1,000 each and includes specialty items and an after-party with the panelists catered by The Saint Paul Hotel. Limited to 100 people.
  • Floor section–$125 each
  • Tier #1 bleacher section–$100 each
  • Tier #2 bleacher section–$50 each

All attendees will receive an autographed copy of The Survivor. Additional books will be available for purchase that evening.
About Atria Books
Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit http://imprints.simonandschuster.biz/atria.

About Saint Thomas Academy
Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic, military/leadership school committed to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The Academy challenges its students in grades 7-12 to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. It is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). For more information, please visit http://www.cadets.com.
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