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SAM DONALDSON & JAMES L. SWANSON DISCUSS SWANSON’S NEW BOOK AT FORD’S THEATRE NOV. 12

End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
NOVEMBER 12, 2013, at 7 p.m.

Book signing in the Ford’s Theatre lobby will follow the discussion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society hosts a book discussion and signing with author James L. Swanson and moderator Sam Donaldson on November 12, 2013, at 7 p.m., at Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street, NW). Following the discussion in the theatre, Swanson will sign copies of the book in the Ford’s Theatre lobby.

Fifty years ago, our country was jolted by tragedy: our 35th President was brutally murdered on an American street in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses. In End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (publication date November 12, 2013), Edgar award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, James. L. Swanson offers a comprehensive understanding of this historic day, lending edge-of-your seat, storyteller’s mastery to the subject. With fascinating, colorful detail culled from vast historic resources, Swanson sets the stage for his central drama: the unfolding of the private final hours of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald as their destinies converge in a rifle’s crosshairs—one man bound for infamy, the other for myth. Told in Swanson’s signature, thrilling, ticking-clock narrative style, End of Days tracks the seemingly inevitable, and equally improbable, collision course between two men that would change history, devastate a hopeful generation, and spur one of our country’s greatest national mysteries.

As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death approaches, Kennedy buffs looking for a deeper understanding as well as readers new to the subject will find End of Days to be a comprehensive, fascinating, emotional, riveting must-read.

Tickets for the discussion are free but required and may be reserved in person at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, at www.fords.org or through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply). Seating is available on a first-come basis. Books will be available for purchase on site at the Ford’s Theatre Gift Shop.

Early Praise for End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
"A master of the form, James Swanson has brought his formidable storytelling skills to bear on another tragic turning point in American history. His treatment of Dallas 1963 is grand narrative at its finest." — Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

“For the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Swanson breathlessly re-creates the tragedy…Swanson’s tidy, concise character summaries give a terrific sense of the dramatis personae in just a few strokes…Clarity has finally lifted the lingering suspicion of conspiracy in favor of the creation of a shining Kennedy legacy… Chilling, gruesome and riveting.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Think of this as a true-crime book, not another of the millions (well, it seems like that sometimes) of books about who really shot Kennedy. Swanson takes an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute approach, tracking killer and victim in the lead-up to the fatal shot and then tracking the killer and his pursuers in the days after the assassination, culminating with the killer’s own murder. It’s a highly detailed, highly compelling story, and it would be just as compelling if the victim didn’t happen to be JFK. Swanson is an excellent writer, and the book, which draws on many dozens of previously published works (his bibliography separates fiction and conspiracy literature from the rest of the pack), is a valuable addition to the JFK collection and to the true-crime genre as a whole.” — Booklist

Ford’s Theatre Society
The Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. Under the leadership of Wayne R. Reynolds, Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus (Chairman  2007 to 2012), the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Currently, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Eric A. Spiegel, Ford’s enters a second phase of strategic planning to ensure the organization’s place as a national destination for exploring Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through the intersection of history, performance and education.

For more information on Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Society, please visit www.fords.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org