Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books & St. Louis on the Air welcome former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nick Pistor, who will sign and discuss his book, Shooting Lincoln: The Race to Photograph the Story of the Century, with Don Marsh! This event will be recorded for broadcast on St. Louis on the Air.
Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner were the new media moguls of their day. Together they brought the Civil War and all of its terrible suffering into Northern living rooms. Newspapers sold out when they ran their photos, and, by the end of the war, they were locked in fierce competition. When the biggest story of the century-Lincoln's assassination-broke, their paparazzi-like race intensified. Whoever could take the most sensational-or ghastly-photo would achieve lasting fame. Shooting Lincoln tells the astonishing behind-the-photograph story of these two media pioneers who raced to "shoot" Lincoln in the days after he died and the assassins on the day they died.
"Pistor's gripping saga carries the reader onto battlefields and alongside the hangman's noose while chronicling the birth of modern photojournalism. A fascinating read." —Scott McGaugh, Surgeon in Blue
Don Marsh has extensive and broad media experience, with a career beginning in 1959. Starting as a managing editor for a small magazine in New Jersey, he went on to become anchorman/political specialist reporter/producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and a talk show host for KMOX radio; an anchorman for KDNL-TV. He began as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in September 2005. His many professional awards include 12 Regional Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Don was inducted into the STL Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, he was named STL Media Person of the Year and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Shooting Lincoln from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.