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An Evening with Author Erik Larson & Smart Talk’s Scott LaMar *SOLD OUT*

WITF in partnership with Midtown Scholar Bookstore is honored to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson to Lancaster for an in-person event on his acclaimed work of history, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. This event will take place Saturday, February 19 at the Gardner Theatre at Lancaster Country Day School, which is located at 725 Hamilton Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603. Larson will be in conversation with Scott LaMar, Host & Executive Producer of WITF’s daily radio program Smart Talk.

This event is also presented in partnership with Lancaster Country Day School, and Lancaster Public Library.

This is a ticketed, in-person event. Every ticket includes a signed, paperback copy of The Splendid and the Vile. Limited seating and tickets available. Doors will open at 6:15pm, and the event will begin at 7:00pm. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required, and masks must be worn during the event. All books will be pre-signed; there will be no personalization requests or signing line with Erik Larson.

This event is sold out

Vaccination Requirements:

You must show proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for entrance to this event. We will accept either a physical vaccination card, digital card, or a photo of the card on your phone. Per the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Event Policies:

  • Seating is general admission; first come, first served
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required
  • Masks are required

There will be opportunities to buy additional signed copies of The Splendid and the Vile, as well as signed copies of Erik Larson’s previously published books.

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This event is presented in partnership with:

Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Lancaster Country Day School

Lancaster Public Library

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