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    August 15, 2018

    The bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and “America’s Historian-in-Chief” (New York)
    Doris Kearns Goodwin
    with her new book
    Leadership: In Turbulent Times
    Friday, September 28, at 7:00pm

    “Business students invariably ask me: 'With what historical figure would you like to have lunch?' Doris Kearns Goodwin has prepared a marvelous banquet with four leaders whose lives provide lessons for all of us. Pull up a chair.”
    —Warren Buffett

    “Doris Goodwin is the grand master of presidential biography…
    Riveting, uplifting, and incisive, Leadership is a culminating work of
    a true intellectual artist.”
    —Jim Collins, author Good to Great, co-author Built to Last

    Portsmouth, NH, August 7, 2018 - 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.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org

    For images, please see: https://goo.gl/photos/UENT8hSiMjZnrTWt5

    About Writers on a New England Stage
    This award-winning author series, launched in 2005, has presented such celebrated writers as David McCullough, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, USSC Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Dan Brown, Judy Blume, Tom Brokaw, and Jodi Picoult all on stage at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in downtown Portsmouth, NH. Each literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with a New Hampshire Public Radio host. Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio.

    Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio.

    About New Hampshire Public Radio
    Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing NHPR.org and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region’s cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner—the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters—an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine and is a designated “American Treasure for the Arts.” Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish.

    Presenting Sponsors:  The University of New Hampshire; Kennebunk Savings
    Series Sponsor:  Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
    Media Sponsor:  Yankee Magazine
    Evening Sponsor: Petersen Engineering
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa, Realtors; Portwalk Place; the River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner:  University of New Hampshire

    ADVANCE PRAISE for LEADERSHIP: In Turbulent Times

    “With impeccable timing, the acclaimed historian focuses on the ways four presidents navigated the country through wrenching clashes and crises...In intimate, knowing ways, Goodwin crafts history as aspiration—or at least inspiration—for readers; let’s hope a hefty portion of those readers have titles that begin with Sen. or Rep.”Kirkus, starred review

    “Goodwin further burnishes her credentials as a popular historian with this thoughtful revisiting of the lives of four presidents to whom she has previously dedicated individual books—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson—with the aim of obtaining answers to eternal questions about leadership, including what life experiences contribute to it and whether ‘the times make the leader’ or vice versa...overall the tone is inspirational, setting forth examples of how to do leadership right.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

    “[A] strong and resonant addition to the literature of the presidency.”—Booklist

    “Business students invariably ask me: 'With what historical figure would you like to have lunch?' Doris Kearns Goodwin has prepared a marvelous banquet with four leaders whose lives provide lessons for all of us. Pull up a chair.”—Warren Buffett

    “Doris Goodwin is the grand master of presidential biography. Goodwin deploys her deep knowledge of four towering individuals—Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ—in a masterwork on how good leaders become great leaders. She shows how burning personal ambition can be elevated into driving ambition for a cause greater than self, how egotism can be transformed into humility born of crushing setbacks, and how fierce individual resolve can be transferred into collective
    will to do what must be done. Riveting, uplifting, and incisive, Leadership is a culminating work of a true intellectual artist.”—Jim Collins, author Good to Great, co-author Built to Last


    “A remarkable study in leadership.”—President Barack Obama

    “More books about Abraham Lincoln line the shelves of libraries than about any other American. Can there be anything new to say about our 16th president? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Having previously offered fresh insights into Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Doris Kearns Goodwin has written an elegant, incisive study of Lincoln and leading members of his cabinet that will appeal to experts as well as to those whose knowledge of Lincoln is an amalgam of high school history and popular mythology.”The New York Times Book Review

    “In Team of Rivals, the political genius of Abraham Lincoln meets the historical genius of Doris Kearns Goodwin.”The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Team of Rivals is one of the most compulsively readable books of history for a general audience to come along in a long time.”The Oregonian


    “If you find the grubby spectacle of today’s Washington cause for shame and despair—and really, how could you not?—then I suggest you turn off the TV and board Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest time machine. . . . [Goodwin puts] political intrigues and moral dilemmas and daily lives into rich and elegant language.”—The New York Times Book Review

    “Doris Kearns Goodwin tells this tale with her usual literary skill and deep research. . . .Goodwin not only sheds light on the birth of the modern political world but chronicles a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men.”—The Wall Street Journal

    “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin has scored again with The Bully Pulpit, a thorough and well-written study of two presidents, as well as the journalists who covered them and exposed scandals in government and industry.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    “A masterpiece of narrative, assembling a vast cast that embraces one of the most consequential eras in American social and political life.”—The Kansas City Star


    No Ordinary Time is no ordinary book. . . . An ambitiously conceived and imaginatively executed participant’s eye view of the United States in the war years. . . . The sheer abundance of colorful biographical anecdotes and the cumulative weight of telling detail sustain an atmosphere of immediacy and leave a lastingly vivid impression.”—The New York Times Book Review

    “The Roosevelt marriage is endlessly gripping because it was so consequential. . . . The reader feels like a resident in the White House.”—The Boston Globe

    “A tale rendered nearly seamless by Goodwin’s skills as a reporter and writer, and by the immense entanglement of her subjects’ private and public lives. How their talents, insecurities, and demons impacted on the country and the world will be much better understood with the publication of this remarkable book.”—Chicago Sun-Times

    “A thoroughly terrific and important work, a valuable addition to Roosevelt literature. . . . Goodwin has deftly reminded us just how extraordinary FDR and Eleanor were in ‘no ordinary times.’”—San Francisco Chronicle
    Margaret Talcott, Producer