April 23, 2013
Pulitzer Prize Winner Speaks at the Williamsburg Lodge
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham draws on his extensive research of the nation’s third president and shares his observations on Thomas Jefferson’s life in Williamsburg during lunch noon to 1 p.m. Thursday May 9, at the Williamsburg Lodge.
Meacham’s remarks are drawn from his most recent work — a New York Times bestseller — “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.” Meacham pictures Jefferson as visionary — father of the ideal of individual liberty, the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the subsequent settling of the West — and recognizing the genius of the new nation with the possibilities of progress, discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. He also paints Jefferson as flawed, contradictory and elusive.
“Jefferson was at heart engaged in the conflicts of his time,” Meacham said. “Yet his story resonates today because he embodies the eternal drama: the struggle of leading a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.”
Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president of Random House. He is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press and former co-anchor of the public-affairs broadcast, “Need to Know” on PBS. A Fellow of the Society of American Historians, Meacham serves on the boards of the New-York Historical Society and the Churchill Centre.
Meacham will sign books 11 a.m. to noon, prior to the lunch. Meacham’s books will be available for purchase. book signing with his presentation. Tickets are $65 each and include lunch. To purchase tickets, or for more information, telephone toll-free (800) 447-8679 or visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/special-events/speakers-series/.