Tucson Festival of Books

Francis Gary Powers Jr.

Born June 5, 1965, in Burbank, California, he is the son of CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary and Claudia “Sue” Powers. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and U.S. History. He is the author of "Letters from a Soviet Prison" (2017), "Spy Pilot" (2019), and "Enemy Territory" (2022), a graphic novel.

In 1996, Gary is founded The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity located at Vint Hill, VA 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. He founded the museum to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. As Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study he worked with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for preservation. Gary is the past President and CEO of the Vienna Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce (2000-2005) and in 2015 he consulted for the Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, about James Donovan who brokered the 1962 spy exchange between KGB spy Rudolph Abel and CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr.

He is a past Board Member of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Omaha, NE and an Honorary Board Member of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Because of his efforts to honor Cold War veterans the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. Gary lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels. He is married and has one son. More info online at www.GaryPowers.com.

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Scheduled events:
Indie Authors - Children's Books
Indie Authors - Children's Books (Seats 6)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Authors: Cristina Furtado, Lorraine Hawley, Tamera Norwood, Diane Phelps, Francis Gary Powers Jr.

Enemy Territory: The Story of the American CIA U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers
August 2022
ISBN 9780578269146
120 pages

Spy Pilot
Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Prometheus Books
January 2019
ISBN 9781633884687
336 pages