The Southern Festival of Books started today at War Memorial Plaza, which means plenty of great writers in town for John Seigenthaler to interview on A Word on Words. These include David Maraniss, journalist, historian and author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling books: When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched Into Sunlight – War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967, and Clemente – The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero. He’s also a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton
Maraniss joined Seigenthaler this afternoon in Studio A to discuss his latest book, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, the story of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 18 days that helped define the modern world. Maraniss reads and discusses Rome 1960 at the Southern Festival of Books on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the House Chambers. His interview with Seigenthaler is scheduled to air on Sunday, October 19.