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Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson

Nina Subin

The leadership of Winston Churchill and life in London during The Blitz will be explored at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage. The #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson comes to The Music Hall stage March 26 to discuss his new book, The Splendid and the Vile.

Larson’s nonfiction work explores Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s leadership during one of the darkest chapters in British history, as Germany conducted mass air attacks against industrial and civilian targets in London and beyond. The action pivots between three important wartime locations: 10 Downing Street, the seat of British Government; Chequers, Churchill’s prime ministerial country home; and Ditchley, his wartime retreat that serves as a secret base during times of grave danger. Along with exploring Churchill’s wartime actions, the book also highlights the day-to-day experiences of Churchill, his family and his secret circle of advisers.

Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers that have collectively sold more than nine million copies. A former journalist, Larson served stints at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Courier Times, The Wall Street Journal, and later – as a contributing writer for Time Magazine.

NHPR's Peter Biello will be in conversation with Erik Larson on Thursday, March 26 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The literary conversation is part of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. For tickets, stop by The Music Hall box office (28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth), call 603-436-2400, or purchase online.