Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham recently visited The University of the South Bookstore to sign copies of his New York Times best seller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. Drawing on original research for his latest book, Meacham presents a new portrait of the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence.
The Tennessee native and 1991 alumnus of The University of the South (also known as Sewanee), Meacham is a frequently featured author at the University Bookstore.
“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Meacham visit our bookstore again,” said University Bookstore Manager Janet Moore. “We’ve had several signings for many of his best-selling books. He is definitely a favorite here at Sewanee.”
In addition to his writing career, Meacham is an executive editor at Random House, contributing editor at Time magazine and former editor of Newsweek. He is also the author of several New York Times best sellers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 biography, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
After addressing a private audience on the Sewanee campus prior to the bookstore event, Meacham later spent over two hours meeting fans and signing copies of his latest book in the bookstore.
“Many people who came out to see Mr. Meacham know him personally,” said Moore. “It was like a homecoming of sorts. He is such a gracious man. He took the time to personally greet everyone who waited in line to see him. The entire campus is always excited when he visits.”
The event was such a success that the store sold out of every copy of Thomas Jefferson. A true southern gentleman, Meacham promised to return to the store over winter break to sign additional copies.
“We feel very lucky to have such an esteemed author visit our school,” said Moore. “Not only are we proud that he is a graduate of Sewanee, but we’re very fortunate that he takes the time to return here again and again.”