(CBS) – Book publisher Simon & Schuster (a ViacomCBS company) announced its first AuthorFest, a national series of virtual author events that will offer live author programming in partnership with book festivals, literary venues and lecture series from authors across the country.
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“While we love an in-person book festival, we recognize that the world has changed and that there is a struggle to develop meaningful programming in real time. The Simon & Schuster AuthorFest is an opportunity for book lovers to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones in the safety and comfort of their own world, ”said Holly Lange, Executive Director of the Mississippi Book Festival .
The first AuthorFest event will take place on October 14 at 7 p.m. EST and will feature international bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed journalist Robert Costa in a conversation about their new book “Peril,” which is the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. Mindy Marqués, vice president and editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and former editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald will moderate the discussion.
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Learn more about AuthorFest and register for the “Peril” author event through your local book festival at SimonandSchuster.com.
Bob woodward is associate editor at the Washington Post where he worked for 50 years. He shared two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his coverage of Watergate and the other for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is the author of 20 national bestsellers, including 14 No.1 New York Times bestsellers.
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Robert costa is a national political reporter at the Washington Post, where he has worked since 2014. He was previously moderator and editor of Washington Week on PBS and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from the University of Cambridge. He is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.