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Lee Chapel Spring Lecture to Feature Author Jeff Shaara

— by on March 15th, 2017

Jeff Shaara (photo credit: Olivia Cowden)

The Lee Chapel Spring Lecture will feature Jeff Shaara, The New York Times bestselling author of war novels, on March 23 from 7-8 p.m. in Lee Chapel Auditorium, Washington and Lee University.

Shaara will speak on “A Storyteller’s View of the First World War” which is based on his book, “To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War” (2005). The talk is free and open to the public.

There will be a book signing in the museum shop following the lecture from 8 to 8:45. Shaara will be signing “To the Last Man” on the first World War and “Fateful Lighting” on the American Civil War.

Also on campus the same day is an exhibit at W&L’s Watson Pavilion, open from 5-6:45 p.m., that ties into Shaara’s lecture. “Mementos of the Great War: Toby Jugs Commemorating Allied Leaders of World War I” features ceramic jugs made in the likenesses of famous World War I figures. It also is free and open to the public.

Shaara is the author of “Gods and Generals” (1998) and “The Last Full Measure” (2000) — two novels that completed the Civil War trilogy that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Killer Angels” (1987), written by his father, Michael Shaara.

Shaara’s World War II series includes “The Rising Tide” (2008) and “No Less than Victory” (2011). In 2012, Shaara returned to the Civil War with “A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh (the Civil War in the West)” (2013) and “The Fateful Lightning” (2016). His latest book, to be released in May 2017, is “The Frozen Hours,” a novel of the Korean War.

Shaara is a two-time recipient of the American Library Association’s William Young Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for Gods and Generals” and To The Last Man.”

He has also received The Lincoln Forum’s Richard Nelson Current award, the Bell I. Wiley award from the New York Civil War Round Table and the Distinguished Author Award from the General Nathan Bedford Forrest Historical Society.

For more information on Jeff Shaara, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.