David Von Drehle will be In Conversation about the Launch of his New Book ~ The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man


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EVENT OVERVIEW:  David Von Drehle will be In Conversation with Tyler Nottberg, CEO of U.S. Engineering, about the Launch David's New Hardcover The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 7:00 PM.  This Author & Book Launch Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books & Truman Library Institute.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  One of our nation’s most prominent writers finds the truth about how to live a long and happy life in the centenarian next door.

When a veteran Washington Journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old.  Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship, and a profound lesson in the meaning of life.  Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor.  Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone.  When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom.  Thus armored, Charlie’s sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru’s president.

David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie’s resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change.  As a gift to his children, he set out to tell Charlie’s secrets.  The Book of Charlie is a gospel of grit, the inspiring story of one man’s journey through a century of upheaval.  The history that unfolds through Charlie’s story reminds you that the United States has always been a divided nation, a questing nation, an inventive nation, a nation of Charlies in the rollercoaster pursuit of a good and meaningful life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  David Von Drehle is a Columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics from a home base in the Midwest.  He joined The Washington Post in 2017 after a decade at Time, where he wrote more than 60 cover stories as Editor-at-Large.  He is the Author of a number of Books, including the Award-Winning Bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America.  He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Journalist Karen Ball.  They have 4 children.

EVENT DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 7:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday, May 23, 2023, is the Official Publication & Sale Date for The Book of Charlie.  Patrons will receive their Books as they arrive at this Author & Book Launch Event.

EVENT LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author & Book Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  Complimentary Parking is available in the Parking Garage immediately adjacent to Unity Temple.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Hardcover of The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man, 1 Admission Reservation, and 1 Guest Admission Reservation (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.   

Walk-Ins Welcome! Admission packages will be available for purchase tonight at our Sales & Service Table in the lobby of Unity Temple beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  David Von Drehle will be In Conversation with Tyler Nottberg, CEO of U.S. Engineering, about the Launch of David's New Hardcover The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man.  The Conversation & Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour.  A Booksigning will follow the Program.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event Sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Receipt.  Additional signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.


"In The Book of Charlie, David Von Drehle shares with us the gifts he received from his friendship with his neighbor Charlie White, an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life across the last century.  Charlie found adventure and resilience in times of change and upheaval, and in pursuit of a better life in a better world.  Charlie had me with “Let it go” and his personal reminders of human wisdom over centuries continue to inspire me to take time to think, to reflect, to learn, to dream, to smile, to laugh, to play, to love, and to savor and be grateful for the special moments.  I agree with Charlie, it’s the JOY that matters.  Thank you, David, for a beautifully written biography and Charlie’s priceless observations on the meaning of life." ~ Vivien Jennings, Founder & President, Rainy Day Books

"If you Like Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, you will LOVE David Von Drehle's The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man. ~ Roger Doeren, Chief Operations Officer, Rainy Day Books

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Author Genre Terms: 

All Special Orders, Author Events Admission Packages and Author Autographed Book Sales are final and nonrefundable at time of purchase, all other Sales are exchangeable / refundable within 30 Days with Receipt.