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A Virtual Book Launch: John T. Matteson's A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation
You are cordially invited to celebrate the latest publication from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pen of John T. Matteson -- A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation -- as Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist hosts a virtual book launch on February 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm!

Prof. Matteson will discuss the genesis of his new book and the poignant, inspiring, often surprising backstories of the five individuals featured within -- Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, John Pelham, and Walt Whitman -- as well as how this pivotal time in American history not only provided life-changing lessons in the moment, but continue to hold relevance for turbulent modern times. (Learn more about the book here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393247077.)

This free Webinar will be conducted via Zoom; pre-registration is required to attend. A Q&A will also take place. Questions may be sent in advance of the event to admin@louisamayalcott.org or typed in during the evening.

A Worse Place Than Hell ... is available at a discounted advance order price through the Online Museum Store of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House; Prof. Matteson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Alcott biography, Eden's Outcasts - The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, and The Annotated Little Women may also be purchased. Please visit https://louisamayalcott.org/online-store.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House has been closed to the public since March 13, 2020. Tax-deductible contributions in support of tonight's event and future programming are gratefully accepted at https://www.louisamayalcott.org/donate. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been educating and inspiring the public and preserving the past since 1911.

Thank you in advance for joining us on February 9th!

Feb 9, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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John T. Matteson
Professor; Author; Pulitzer Prize Winner
John Matteson is a Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. His first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. John is also the author of The Lives of Margaret Fuller (2012), which was awarded the Ann M. Sperber Prize, and editor of The Annotated Little Women (2015). He resides in the Bronx, and has had a long-time affinity with Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House.
Jan Turnquist
Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Since 1999, Jan Turnquist has served as Executive Director of Orchard House, the Concord, MA home where Little Women was written and set in 1868. Over 50 translations of Little Women have created worldwide interest, allowing Jan to share the Alcott legacy through her internationally-acclaimed living history portrayals of Louisa May Alcott, and through the Emmy Award-winning documentary -- Orchard House: Home of Little Women -- that she wrote, directed, and hosted, which regularly airs on PBS and is available on DVD.