Best-selling author Erik Larson to present 'The Art of Being Fearless’ at American History Book Club

From the historic Galveston hurricane of 1900 to America’s first modern serial killer, to an intimate look at Winston Churchill during the Blitz, narrative nonfiction writer Erik Larson has a habit of bringing historical events to life in ways that put them atop best-seller lists.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Larson will be in Greenville to deliver a talk titled “The Art of Being Fearless: What Churchill Can Teach Us about Courage, Leadership and Hope in a Time of Crisis.”

The talk will draw from Larson’s book, “The Splendid and the Vile,” published in 2020. Larson’s latest work of narrative nonfiction, and his sixth consecutive best seller, chronicles Churchill’s first year as prime minister of Great Britain, a year in which German bombs killed as many as 45,000 Britons. Larson explores how Churchill taught his citizens “the art of being fearless.” He also weaves a narrative about Churchill family dramas playing out at the same time. NPR called the book, “A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers.”

The event, at The Poinsett Club, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and book signing, followed at 6 p.m. by a talk and audience Q&A. The evening is sponsored by the American History Book Club and Forum (AHBC) and Furman University.

For more information and to purchase tickets ($50 in person; $35 virtually), contact Valerie Kelley at, or 864-294-3351.

  • Presented By: Furman University
  • Dates: October 20, 2022
  • Location: The Poinsett Club
  • Address: 807 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 294-3351

  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Price: $50 in-person, $35 virtual