Barbara Bush Biographer To Speak At Lewes Public Library

August 28th, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Barbara Bush Biographer To Speak At Lewes Public Library

Award-winning journalist Susan Page will discuss her definitive biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush during a special presentation in Lewes on August 28.

Sponsored by the History Book Festival and the Lewes Public Library with book sales by Browseabout Books, the free presentation will begin at 5 PM at the library, located at 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes. The program is one in a series of book discussions leading up to the Third Annual History Book Festival, which will be held in Lewes on September 27, 28 and 29.

In addition to her library presentation, Ms. Page will sign copies of her book at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach on August 31 at 9 AM.

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty (Twelve/Hachette, 2019) is a fascinating account of the woman who helped to define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Ms. Page, USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief, interviewed more than 100 Bush family members and friends, engaged in hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final months of her life, and was granted access to diaries that spanned decades.

Hailed by The Atlantic as the “rare biography of a public figure that’s not only beautifully written, but also shockingly revelatory,” The Matriarch traces the experiences that shaped Mrs. Bush and offers her last words for history on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family’s legacy.

Ms. Page has covered six White House administrations, is reporting on her eleventh presidential campaign, and has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. Her next book is a biography of Nancy Pelosi titled Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power (Twelve/Hachette).

Following her presentation at the library, Ms. Page will take questions and sign copies of her book. The book is available for purchase at Browseabout Books. Books also will be on sale during the event at the library.

Although the August 28 program is free, registration is requested. To reserve a seat, sign up online at, call the library at 302-645-2733, or register at the circulation desk. Walk-ins are welcome.

The library discussion is one in a series leading up to this year’s History Book Festival, which opens on September 27 with a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson. Twenty best-selling or new and promising authors will discuss their books throughout the day on September 28, ahead of a closing address by acclaimed novelist Alice Hoffman on September 29.

The full roster of 2019 Festival authors, summaries of each book, schedules and presentation venues are available online at All events except the keynote and closing addresses are free.

The Lewes Public Library anticipates the needs of the community and adapts, creates and supports classes and programs for all ages that encourage a love of reading, exploration and discovery. It provides access for a wide variety of educational, informational and recreational materials to all members of the community through traditional resources and emerging technologies. For additional information, visit

The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the United States devoted exclusively to history. Led by a volunteer board and funded in part by tax-deductible contributions through the Greater Lewes Foundation, the Festival’s organizers believe in the power of history, literature and civil dialogue to influence the future for the better. For additional information on the Festival, visit

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