Doylestown: Erik Larson // THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

erik larson

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM
This is an off-site event at Delaware Valley University
Author Event with New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson

Join us as we welcome Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City, for his upcoming book The Splendid and the Vile.



  • This is an off-site event that will be held at Delaware Valley University located in Doylestown, PA in the Moumgis and Student Center Quad. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Each ticket costs $38.00, admits one person and will include one copy of the book, THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE. No substitutions.
  • Books will be available for pick-up at the venue on the day of the event.
  • Mr. Larson will pre-sign the books prior to the event and personalize books with your first name only after the talk and q&a. 
  • The talk will begin at 7:00 pm and the q&a will begin at 7:30 pm. The book signing will follow at 8:00 pm. 
  • The book signing line will be dismissed in small, numbered groups. We will give you your group number at check-in.
  • Additional books by Mr. Larson will be available for sale at the event.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 



The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.
The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.


Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.



The Moumgis and Student Center Quad is located in the Student Center. Please park in Parking Lot A and walk to the Student Center. We will have attendants outside to guide you from the parking lot. 



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