Left Bank Books hosts McCullough

Aug 09, 2017
David McCullough

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will welcome America’s preeminent historian, David McCullough, Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. in celebration of his newest book, “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.”

Left Bank is the only bookstore in Maine where McCullough will greet his legions of fans and sign copies of “The American Spirit,” as well as all of his previously published books. A large and festive crowd is expected at this, McCullough’s fourth signing at the shop in 13 years.

McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a master of the art of narrative history. He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for his biographies of presidents John Adams and Harry Truman, and the National Book Award twice; and he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. In 2014, he was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France.

Over the course of McCullough’s distinguished career, he has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. As many Americans engage in self-reflection following last year’s bitter election campaign, McCullough has collected 15 of his most important speeches in “The American Spirit.”

In his Introduction, McCullough writes that he selected the speeches “with the hope that what I have had to say will help remind us, in this time of uncertainty and contention, of just who we are and what we stand for, of the high aspirations that inspired our founders, of our enduring values, and the importance of history as an aid to navigation in such troubled, uncertain times.”

Left Bank Books will open at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. In addition to “The American Spirit,” all of McCullough’s other books will be available for purchase. Reservations are not being taken for this event; those attending will be able to buy their books and meet McCullough on a first-come, first-served basis. The bookshop also is happy to take orders and have McCullough sign books to be picked up or shipped at a later time; call 338-9009 to pre-order or with any questions.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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