Pulitzer Prize-winning writers to open and close History Book Festival


Pulitzer Prize-winning writers will open and close the 2022 History Book Festival in Lewes, with book presentations by some 20 prominent authors of historical works of non-fiction and fiction.

Buzz Bissinger, widely known for his 1990 bestseller “Friday Night Lights,” which inspired a feature film and TV series, will discuss his latest book, “Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II.” , during the keynote presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Bethel United Methodist Church in historic Lewes.

Tickets for the main event, which includes a Q&A session and a signed copy of the hardcover book, are $32.50.

Ada Ferrer, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for History for her latest book, “Cuba: An American History,” will be featured during the closing presentation at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 25, at the Lewes Public Library. Admission is $20 and includes the presentation, a Q&A session, and a signed copy of the paperback.

Tickets for the keynote and closing presentations must be purchased in advance at bit.ly/hbf22-tickets.

Sessions on Saturday, September 24 will feature best-selling authors and up-and-coming new writers discussing their works – ranging from biographies, politics and world history to exercise, medicine and music – at various locations in Lewes. Authors will be available to sign books after their presentations. The day will end with a lively discussion at the Lewes Public Library. All Saturday events are free.

Bissinger’s “Mosquito Bowl” tells the story of dozens of top college football players who became U.S. Marines during World War II and who, on Christmas Eve 1944, found themselves in the middle of the ocean. Pacific training for the invasion of Okinawa, the bloodiest battle of the war.

The 4th and 29th Marine Regiments included one of the greatest pools of football talent ever assembled: former All-Americans; captains from Wisconsin, Brown and Notre Dame; and nearly 20 men who were either drafted or would eventually play professional football. After the verbal fight between the regiments reached a fever pitch, they decided to play a game of soccer in the dirt and coral of Guadalcanal.

A few months after the deadly and bloody game known as The Mosquito Bowl, 15 of 64 players perished in Okinawa, by far the highest number of American athletes to die in a single battle. Bissinger tells the personal stories of the brave young men who survived and those who did not, exploring their family life and the influences that shaped them.

While working at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bissinger received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism for a story about corruption in the city’s justice system. He is the author of four books, including “Friday Night Lights,” which sold 2 million copies, and the New York Times bestseller “3 Nights in August.” Bissinger is editor of Vanity Fair and sports columnist for The Daily Beast, and has written for The New York Times and numerous other publications.

Ferrer’s “Cuba: An American History” focuses on the United States’ tumultuous relationship with Cuba, offering new insights into US history and imagining a new relationship between the two nations.

Based on decades of research, the book offers a front-row seat to witness the evolution of Cuba, with its dramatic record of conquest and colonization, slavery and freedom, independence and revolutions made and defeated. .

Along the way, Ferrer explores the sometimes surprising and often troubled intimacy between the two countries, documenting not only the influence of the United States on Cuba, but also the many ways in which the island has been a recurring presence in business. Americans.

Ferrer is the Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, where she has taught since 1995. She is the author of “Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868– 1898”, winner of the Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman in any field of history, and “The Mirror of Freedom: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of The Revolution,” which also won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University. as an award from the American Historical Association.

Born in Cuba and raised in the United States, Ferrer has traveled to Cuba frequently since 1990 to conduct research for her books.

For more information, visit historybookfestival.org.

Biblion in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will have books available for purchase ahead of the festival.

History Book Festival titles may also be borrowed through the Delaware Public Library system as they are published.

Present sponsors of the festival are Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distilling Company is Keynote Funding Partner; Joe and Debbie Schell are the funding partners for the closing presentation.

The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the United States devoted exclusively to history.


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