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Future Book Talks

BOOK TALK WITH MARY LYNN BAYLISS
The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join writer and lecturer Mary Lynn Bayliss as she discusses her book The Dooleys of Richmond, a biography of two generations of a dynamic and philanthropic immigrant family in the urban South. The first generation established one of the largest hat manufacturing companies in the country and became leaders in business, education, culture, and politics in Virginia. After the Civil War, James Dooley developed railroad networks across the United States and, with his wife, built Maymont, the famed Gilded Age estate that remains a major attraction in Richmond. The story of the Dooleys is a fascinating window on southern society and the people who shaped its grand and turbulent history. A book signing follows the program.

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BOOK TALK WITH MARC LEEPSON
Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler

Monday, May 08, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Journalist and historian Marc Leepson will discuss his new book, Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler from the Vietnam War and Pop Stardom to Murder and an Unsolved, Violent Death. A top hit of 1966, “The Ballad of the Green Berets” was a patriotic tribute to the Special Forces by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. This life-and-times biography vividly recounts the sensational details of Sadler's life, setting his meteoric rise and tragic fall against the big picture of American society and culture during and after the Vietnam War. A book signing follows the program.

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