Writers on a NE Stage Presents Doris Kearns Goodwin

Writers on a NE Stage Presents Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Friday, September 28. She will talk about her new book, LEADERSHIP: In Turbulent Times, a culmination of her five decades of work in presidential history.

The 7pm event includes an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Lauren Chooljian, NHPR's Politics and Policy Reporter. Lauren's reporting focuses on the impact of politics and public policy on the residents of New Hampshire and beyond; she is also a frequent guest and a guest host of NHPR's Weekly N.H. News Roundup.

"We are honored to welcome back Doris Kearns Goodwin for her third appearance in Writers on a New England Stage," said Patricia Lynch, The Music Hall's Executive Director. "She's been a favorite since she took the stage with Team of Rivals in our 2005 inaugural season. Her 2013 visit with The Bully Pulpit was an absolute sell-out, so we encourage readers and event-goers to act soon to get tickets."

Combining her signature storytelling with essential lessons from four of our nation's presidents-Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson-Goodwin shows how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by other. She explores their unique journeys as they navigated and grew through adversity, and she analyzes how they emerged to confront the challenges and contours of their times.

In this revelatory work, Goodwin raises such thought-provoking questions as-Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.

Doris Kearns Goodwin's interest in leadership began more than half century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg's award-winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin on Friday, September 28, at 7:00pm are $43.75, and include a copy of LEADERSHIP: In Turbulent Times and a reserved seat. Tickets can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street. Tickets are currently on sale to members, and go on sale to all on August 18.

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