EVENT OVERVIEW: Calvin Trillin will present his new book, The Lede: Dispatches From a Life in the Press in Conversation with David Von Drehle on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 7:00 PM at The Unity Temple on The Plaza.


ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: The Lede: Dispatches From a Life in the Press

Calvin Trillin has reported serious pieces across America for The New Yorker, covered the civil rights movement in the South for Time, and written comic verse for The Nation. But one of his favorite subjects over the years has been his own professional environment: the American press. In THE LEDE:Dispatches From a Life in the Press (Random House Hardcover; On sale: 2/13/2024), Trillin gathers his incisive, often hilarious writing on reporting, reporters, and the media world that is their orbit. ‘I’ve been writing about the press almost as long as I’ve been in the game. At some point, it occurred to me that disparate pieces from various places in various styles amounted to a picture from multiple angles of what the press has been like over the years since I became a practitioner and an observer.



“Best known as a veteran staff writer for the New Yorker, Trillin gathers columns, long-form pieces, and vignettes about the mechanics and practices of the American press and its subjects, yielded from his six decades in the profession, during which he also worked as a correspondent and columnist for outlets such as Time, the Nation, and Brill's Content…. Trillin’s pieces, which range appealingly, include a 1986 profile of the incomparable Miami Herald police reporter Edna Buchanan; an absorbing account of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance and murder of a scion of a prominent family in Savannah, Georgia; an explanation of how Texas Monthly magazine selected the state's best BBQ joints in 2008; and a poem about Al Gore's weight gain. Much of this book is hilarious, and it seems impossible to suppress a grin even when reading essays about the most serious of subjects, particularly Trillin’s elegant tributes to fallen colleagues and friends like Molly Ivins, Russell Baker, and Morley Safer. The author saves his best for last: a piece about the commemorations of the Freedom Rides in the South in 1961, which he covered when Atlanta bureau chief for Time. Trillin’s writing about the various people who marked the anniversary is the author at his finest, mixing his wit, sharp observational powers and recall, reporting skills, and poignancy. This book should be savored by admirers, critics, and practitioners of journalism and journalists, as well as anyone who appreciates first-rate writing, humor, and engaging reporting. A brilliant compilation.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: is a veteran staff writer for the New Yorker. He is also a food writer, poet, memoirist, and novelist. 


EVENT DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 7:00 PM

EVENT LOCATION: Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE: $34.00 (plus Eventbrite Ticket Fee) includes 1 Hardcover of The Lede, 1 Admission Reservation, and 1 Guest Admission Reservation. General Admission Seating.

EVENT FORMAT: Calvin Trillin will discuss his new book The Lede: Dispatches From a Life in the Press in Conversation with David Von Drehle. The discussion will last approximately one hour.


PLEASE NOTE: Patrons will receive their autographed books as they arrive at this event.


DISCLAIMER: All author event sales are final and non-refundable. Eventbrite ticket fees are non-refundable.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
707 W. 47th St
707 W. 47th Street, MO 64112
The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press By Calvin Trillin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593596449
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Random House - February 13th, 2024

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