This weekend a few UNP authors will be presenting at book festivals around the country.
David Davis will be at LitFest Pasadena in California. He is presenting on a panel titled “Writing the Sports Narrative: Going Beyond Box Scores and Times” tomorrow at 4:15 p.m.
Davis is the author of Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze; Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography, 1889–1989; and Marathon Crasher: The Life and Times of Merry Lepper, the First American Woman to Run a Marathon. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and in three anthologies, including The Best American Sports Writing. His latest book Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku is now available in paperback. He lives in Los Angeles.
Philip Padgett and Paula Whitacre will both be presenting at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland.
Padgett will present at 10:00 a.m. in the James Michener Pavilion tomorrow. His book Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb (Potomac Books, 2018) is an intriguing history challenges the standard D-Day narrative through an examination of the tensions between the Allied leaders and their eventual agreement on Operation Overlord a year before that fateful day on the Normandy beaches.
Whitacre will present at 11:15 a.m. in the James Michener Pavilion tomorrow. Her book A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose (Potomac Books, 2017) is the biography of Julia Wilbur, who left her conventional life to aid newly freed slaves, injured Union soldiers, and, later, the women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century.