Tucson Festival of Books

S.C. Gwynne

Kenny Braun

Barb Smith

S.C. Gwynne is a renowned Pulitzer Prize finalist and author celebrated for his exceptional storytelling and historical acumen. With a background in journalism and a passion for uncovering the untold stories of the American West, Gwynne has crafted a compelling body of work that includes critically acclaimed books and articles. He is best known for his meticulously researched and vividly narrated historical narratives, which have a distinctive ability to transport readers to bygone eras, particularly those of the Wild West and American frontier. Gwynne's writing is characterized by its vivid characters, rich landscapes and deep insights into the complex forces that shaped the nation. His work has earned widespread recognition and cemented his status as a preeminent chronicler of American history, reaffirming his commitment to shedding new light on the captivating and often tumultuous moments that define the nation's past. His newest book is the “His Majesty's Airship: The Life and Tragic Death," which delves into the tragic story of the British Airship R101.

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Awards: Finalist for Pulitzer, finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN Award for Biography

Scheduled events:
SC Gwynne in Conversation
The bestselling author of "Empire of the Summer Moon" and "Hymns of the Republic" discusses his latest book, "His Majesty's Airship," and the craft of writing popular history.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: S.C. Gwynne
Moderator: Elizabeth Crook
Brits Who Dared
Not all dreams are created equal. Bestselling authors S.C. Gwynne and James Hansen contrast the disastrous post-WWI British vision of airship flight and the heroic daring of two men who defied nature to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: S.C. Gwynne, James Hansen
Moderator: William Bird, Jr

His Majesty's Airship
The Life and Tragic Death of the World's Largest Flying Machine
History / Biography
Simon and Schuster
May 2023
ISBN 9781982168278
Hardcover, 320 pages
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From the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Empire of the Summer Moon, the stunning historical tale of the rise and fall of the world's largest airship, and the doomed love story between an ambitious British officer and a married Romanian princess. More/less

Hymns of the Republic
The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War
History / Biography
Simon and Schuster
October 2020
ISBN 9781501116230
Hardcover, 416 pages
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Focusing on the fourth and final year of the Civil War, Pulitzer Prize finalist S. More/less