July 8th, 2021 - 5:00 pm
Bill Lester: Winning in Reverse at History Book Festival
Please join us Thursday, June 8, at 5 p.m. Eastern for the 2021 History Book Festival’s live, online event with Bill Lester and Jonathan Ingram, discussing Lester’s new book Winning in Reverse: Defying the Odds and Achieving Dreams—The Bill Lester Story.
With the support of our presenting sponsors—Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I Gallo Realty—we are delighted to offer our 2021 events free of charge. However, registration is required.
ABOUT THE BOOK
NASCAR has traditionally been a Southern, white man’s sport, but that changed when Bill Lester entered the field. Lester did not grow up in the sport as many drivers have. He raced as a side hobby while working as an engineer until, at the age of 37, he quit his job to pursue racing full time. Lester had a trifecta of odds against him: he was Black, middle-aged, and not a Southerner, and many fans did not hide their contempt. Winning in Reverse explains how he was able to rise above it all and make history time and again, becoming the first African American to race in NASCAR’s Busch Series, and the first to participate in the Nextel Cup.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Lester received several awards during his racing career, including the Trailblazer in Motor Sports Award and the Jackie Robinson Award from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jonathan Ingram is known for his definitive books and articles on motor racing. He has awards from the National Motorsports Press Association and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
PURCHASE THE BOOK
Copies of Winning in Reverse: Defying the Odds and Achieving Dreams—The Bill Lester Story are available from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, official bookseller of the History Book Festival, and biblion in Lewes. Each copy comes with a signed archival bookplate.