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2:00 pm - Sons of Liberty Author event with Matthew Speiser

February 4, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join local authors Matthew Speiser and Allison Pataki in conversation about Matthew’s new book, Sons of Liberty. Registration is requested! Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

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Sons of Liberty charts the extraordinary life of Ulysses Brooke, a rising political star in Old Virginia, who’s not all he seems. When, in 1845, he’s arrested for theft and treason, the world learns the truth: Brooke is an abolitionist and secret revolutionary, with a trove of buried treasure. Readers will uncover the tumult of his past, meeting his tragic love, Rebecca, and his enslaved partner-in-crime, Cato. We’ll learn, too, of the ripples he leaves across centuries, from the suspicious rise of Gilded Age icon Sam Billings, to hard-charging investigations by FBI agent Alvin Starkman and his wife Faye.

This debut novel from author and historian Matthew Speiser is a page-turning action story of human cruelty and compassion. It propels the reader from the glittering champagne parties of the antebellum South, to brutal slave quarters burning with the anguish and aspirations of America, to the high-octane offices of high-flying bankers and federal agents entering the modern age.

Sons of Liberty is an exciting, interwoven narrative set against the soaring ideals and lethal dangers of this nation’s boiling history. Unlock it for yourself, and become immersed in this tale of romance and betrayal, cast in the shadows of America’s defining wars.

About The Author

Matthew Speiser has written numerous pieces grappling with American history, in publications ranging from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly to McSweeney’s. His doctoral dissertation examined battles over our national memory of the Civil War, which were waged long after the actual battlefields had quieted. As Chair of the History department at the Marymount School in Manhattan, and trustee on the Garrison Board of Education, Dr. Speiser engages with the legacy of America’s past every day. He holds a PhD in U.S. History from the University of Virginia.

About Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, The Queen’s Fortune, Sisi: Empress On Her Own, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Accidental Empress, as well as Where the Light Falls, co-authored with Owen Pataki, the nonfiction memoir Beauty in the Broken Places, and two children’s books: Nelly Takes New York and Poppy Takes Paris. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News, and other outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe. A member of the Historical Novel Society, Allison graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years in journalism before switching to fiction writing. To learn more and connect with Allison, visit www.AllisonPataki.com or Twitter @AllisonPataki.


February 4, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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