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September 26, 2013

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WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE PRESENTSNew York Times Bestselling Author of At Home and A Walk in the WoodsBill Bryson

With his vivid chronicle of America in 1927ONE SUMMERThursday, October 3, 7:30pm

“Recounted with brio and diligent detailing…captures the spirit of the era, a golden age of newspapers, skyscrapers, patriotism, Broadway plays and baseball. Rewarding….”— Kirkus Reviews“A glorious look at one summer in America…Bryson offers delicious detail and breathtaking suspense…Bryson’s inimitable wit and exuberance are on full display…”--Booklist, Starred Review “…you’ll want to join Bryson on his jaunty tour..” – The Daily Beast For images, please see http://j.mp/pressimages					 		 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 10, 2013: On Thursday, October 3, the Writers on a New England Stage series welcomes bestselling nonfiction author Bill Bryson, with his exuberant new work chronicling one truly fabulous American epoch, ONE SUMMER America, 1927. His evening in The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in downtown Portsmouth, NH, includes an author presentation and on-stage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” The series’ house band Dreadnaught will play live music during the one hour event. One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time, Bryson is the author of such bestselling books as A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and At Home. Bill Bryson is known for his inimitable wit and exuberance, which he turns now toward one year, one summer in our still-young country when America stepped out onto the global stage with larger-than-life characters and great accomplishments. Bryson says of the new book, “An extraordinary number of important things happened in the summer of 1927 – Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, the dedication of Mount Rushmore, the filming of the first talking picture, the Great Mississippi Flood, the execution of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, Calvin Coolidge’s surprising decision not to run for re-election, and a whole lot more. You could make a good case, and I hope I have, that it was the most eventful summer in Modern American history. Yet nobody seems to have noticed that all these things happened at the same time and influenced each other.”Much more than just a history, ONE SUMMER is animated with beautifully told anecdotes and witty asides as well as fascinating facts.

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