Tucson Festival of Books

McKay Coppins



Jessie Pierce

Sponsored by Barbara Reuter

McKay Coppins is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics, religion and national affairs. He is The New York Times best-selling author of "Romney: A Reckoning," a biography of Mitt Romney based on dozens of exclusive interviews with the senator, his family and his inner circle as well as hundreds of pages of his personal journals and private emails. The in-depth portrait shows a public servant authentically wrestling with the choices he has made over his career, and exposes how a trail of seemingly small compromises by political leaders in the Trump-era Republican Party has led to a crisis in democracy. The book was selected as one of NPR's 2023 "Books We Love." 

Coppins is a former visiting fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. He has won the Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents Association for his coverage of the Trump presidency and the Wilbur Award for religion journalism. He lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife and children.

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Awards: Aldo Beckman Award; Wilbur Award


Scheduled events:
Rise and Retreat Of Mitt Romney
McKay Coppins spent two years closely following Mitt Romney, learning his stories and his thoughts about the disappearance of his beloved Republican party, the one he led for so many decades.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: McKay Coppins
Moderator: David Sadker
Elusive Progress In Divided Times
Are we gradually making progress as a country or are we slipping dangerously back? Maybe we're somewhere in between. What’s good, bad and what’s holding us back? The Atlantic's McKay Coppins and outspoken blogger Freddie deBoer join Robert P. Jones, a scholar and commentator on religion and politics, to tackle these issues.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: McKay Coppins, Fredrik deBoer, Robert Jones
Moderator: Ron Barber
Religion's Grip on Politics
As politics and religion become less and less separated as the Constitution mandates, many are left wondering how this complicated issue will sort out. We hear from Mitt Romney's biographer as well as two other authors, one writing on Evangelical Christianity and one delving into the roots of white supremacy.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Alberta, McKay Coppins, Robert Jones
Moderator: David Sadker

Book:
Romney: A Reckoning
A Reckoning
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982196202
416 pages
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