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America in the 1960s

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s with Frye Gaillard


Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous Summer of ’69 with this book talk and signing at FLPL. Acclaimed Southern author and scholar Frye Gaillard will discuss his new book A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost.

Frye Gaillard has written extensively on Southern history and culture, receiving many honors throughout his distinguished career. Now, Gaillard gives us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller’s eye to a pivotal time in American life. A Hard Rain is a sweeping account of the 1960s, told year by year. It’s a powerful synthesis of memoir and history that touches on civil rights, social unrest, black power, women’s liberation, the War in Vietnam and the protests against it. But the author also examines the cultural manifestations of change – music, literature, art, religion, and science – and so we meet not only the Brothers Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, but also Gloria Steinem, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Harper Lee.

Frye Gaillard is a writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and John Egerton Scholar in Residence at the Southern Foodways Alliance at The University of Mississippi. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Go South to Freedom, Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters, and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir. Gaillard is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award, the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, and most recently, the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.


August 20
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 N. Wood Ave.
Florence, AL 35630 United States
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