Erik Larson, widely acclaimed master of page-turning nonfiction sagas, will speak in Knoxville at the Bijou Theatre on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. This special author event is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books and Keurig Green Mountain.

Larson will discuss his latest book, "Dead Wake," which once again brings a past event alive—this time, the last crossing of the Lusitania. "Dead Wake," to be released in paperback on March 22, ushers readers aboard the Lusitania as it begins its tragic and final crossing. It is a timely trip, as 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

Larson, who divides his time between New York City and Seattle, is the author of four national bestsellers: "In the Garden of Beasts," "Thunderstruck," "The Devil in the White City," and "Isaac’s Storm." His books have been published in 17 countries and have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies.

Reserved-seat tickets for the author event are $21 and will be available to the public on Feb. 8 through, the Tennessee Theatre Box Office or by calling (865) 684-1200 (Ext. 2). Each ticket holder will receive a paperback copy of "Dead Wake." A special book signing will occur on stage after the author’s reading.

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