I live in Ballston Spa, NY, about 25 miles north of Albany. A couple weeks ago, I did a google search for local writers clubs, and found the NY State Writer’s Institute. They have a visiting writers series, and I was surprised and excited to see Edmund Morris was scheduled to come to town for a talk.
For those who don’t know, Edmund Morris writes presidential biographies, the most famous being Edmund Morris’s Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy Bundle: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. He won the Pulitzer Price for the first in the series, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which came out over 30 years ago and details TR’s early life and career up until he became President. Theodore Rex details his exploits as President, and Colonel Roosevelt, which just came out last fall, details the remaining years of TR’s life.
The books are meticulously researched and cited (the references and bibiolography sections of the three books totals about 400 pages). They’re also very good reads.
Last night he came to town, and I happily went to see him. I was impressed with how good a speaker he is. He’s a researcher, and it shows, but he could easily be a professor or teacher. He was interesting and very informative. Best of all, he spoke with a stately british-sounding accent that added a certain authority to his words.
Afterwords, he had a book signing, and he was kind enough to sign all three of his books for me.
It was a pretty cool evening. I’m glad I went.