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April 14, 2019
Six Days in September: A Novel of the 1862 Maryland Campaign; 1:30 p.m

Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862, is a novelized history of the Maryland Campaign that tells the story of the Army of Northern Virginia and the inhabitants of Sharpsburg, Maryland. After a string of victories in Virginia, Robert E. Lee marches his Army of Northern Virginia northward across the Potomac River in search of one final battlefield triumph as the best way to bring about Southern independence. Little goes right for Lee when the garrison at Harpers Ferry refuses to evacuate and a lost order reveals his plans to George McClellan and his resurgent Army of the Potomac. The result is a divided Southern army severely weakened by straggling, a failed effort to hold the gaps through South Mountain, and a final stand at Sharpsburg on September 17 (the bloodiest day in American history) with the Potomac River and a single ford at Lee’s back.

About the Author

Award-winning author and historian Alexander B. Rossino is also the author of Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity. He worked at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 1994 to 2003 and is the author of more than a dozen scholarly articles and book reviews. His interest in the American Civil War dates from childhood and he long wished to write a book on it that transcended the rigid boundaries of academic history. 

April 28, 2019
Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba; 1:30 p.m

Last Seasons in Havana explores the intersection between Cuba and America’s pastime from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, when Fidel Castro overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Author César Brioso takes the reader through the triumph of the revolution in 1959 and its impact on professional baseball in the seasons immediately following Castro’s rise to power.

About the Author

César Brioso is a digital producer and former baseball editor for USA Today Sports. In his twenty-five years as a sports journalist, he has written for the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He is the author of Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League.

May 19, 2019
The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President: George Washington Gayle and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln; 1:30 p.m

Forget what you thought you knew about why Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Join author Christopher Lyle Mcllwain, Sr. as he argues that it was not mere sectional hatred, but Booth’s desire to become famous, Lincoln’s advocacy of black suffrage, or a plot masterminded by Jefferson Davis to win the war by crippling the Federal government. 

About the Author

Christopher Lyle McIlwain, Sr., has been practicing law for more than three decades in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is the author of Civil War Alabama, the winner of the McMillan Prize, and 1865 Alabama: From Civil War to Uncivil Peace. Chris has also published several articles in a variety of history journals.

June 2, 2019
SEPARATE: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation; 1:30 p.m

ABOUT THE BOOK:Plessy v. Ferguson is synonymous with Jim Crow laws and the unjust doctrine of "separate but equal." But few Americans know more than the name of the case or have more than a superficial understanding of its origins and outcome. In his myth-shattering new book SEPARATE: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, award-winning author Steve Luxenberg tells one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the 19th century, cutting to the heart of battles over race and equality that have raged throughout American history to the present day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Steve Luxenberg is the author of the critically acclaimed Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.