The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host the 10th annual Roosevelt Reading Festival Saturday, July 27. This is a free public event featuring author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. with coffee and refreshments and concludes at 5 p.m. Roosevelt’s famed love of reading and his extensive book collection are honored in the day-long program highlighting the recently published work of twelve authors, including Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II and a special afternoon presentation by Eleanor Roosevelt historian Allida M. Black on Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1963 work Tomorrow is Now, republished in 2012. Copies of all of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store. Attendees can visit the Library’s new permanent exhibition with free admission throughout the day. Regular admission will be charged for the National Park Service sites.
Additional presenting authors include Maurine Beasley (Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice and Persistence); Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman (FDR and the Jews); Susan Dunn (FDR, Wilkie, Lindbergh, Hitler: The Election Amid the Storm); M.H. Fryburg and Stefan Lonce (Driving with FDR: biographical /collectible calendar); John W. Lanza (Shot Down Over Italy: A True Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-occupied Italy); Cheryl Mullenbach (Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II); Christopher D. O’Sullivan (FDR and the End of the Empire); David Pietrusza (1920: The Year of the Six Presidents); and David L. Roll (The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler). For more information, call (845) 486-7745 or visit www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.