October 20 @ 12 p.m.
In collaboration with Page & Palette in downtown Fairhope, the Mobile Museum of Art will host a brown bag lunch with author Tom Shroder visiting the area as part of a national book tour for his latest publication, The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family. This book tracks his relationship with his Pulitzer-prize winning grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, author of Andersonville.
Shroder will present an informal talk at the Museum in which he will discuss his book as well as the process of researching, writing, and publishing in the 21st century. Please bring a bag lunch, if desired. Tea, lemonade, and water will be provided, and the event is FREE to the public. Shroder will also present a formal lecture and book signing at Page & Palette in Fairhope at 6 p.m. that evening.
As former editor of The Washington Post Magazine, and an award-winning author and journalist, Tom Shroder has told many important stories throughout his career. His most fascinating subject, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather MacKinlay Kantor was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel about the Civil War.
In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past—Kantor’s upbringing, his early life, his career trajectory— and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone.