Join author Garrett Peck at his many book events and walking tours in 2018.
Watch this space - more events to come!
The Great War in America Publication Party
Peck's seventh book comes out in time for the centennial commemoration of the Armistice Day that ended the world to end all wars. The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. will host the party on November 8 at 6pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. 2340 S Street, NW
The Great War in Washington Walking Tour
Coinciding with the publication of his seventh book, The Great War in America, Peck will be leading a walking tour of WWI-related sites in the nation's capital. Dates include October 14, 26, and 27 through The Smithsonian Associates; and and December 2 through Politics & Prose. Tour begins in Lafayette Square at the Andrew Jackson statue.
The Road to Abolition
A remarkable day-long tour of two sited just a dozen miles and thirty-five months apart that led to the downfall of slavery: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry, and the Battle of Antietam that directly led to the Emancipation Proclamation. October 20 through The Smithsonian Associates. Register here.
Alexandria's Historic Breweries
This walking tour turned out to be highly popular when it debuted in 2014, and Peck will lead it frequently in 2018, both for public and private groups. Dates include: November 10 through Politics & Prose; and November 17, 18, and 24 through The Smithsonian Associates. Tour begins at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA
University Club - Meet the Author Night & Book Fair
Come meet Garrett Peck and dozens of other authors at this wonderful annual event at DC's University Club, and just in time for your holiday shopping. November 28, 5:30 - 8pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 1135 16th Street, NW
The Great War in America Book Talk - Arlington Central Library
Peck will be speaking about his seventh book, The Great War in America, on November 29 at the Arlington Central Library; this is in association with the Arlington World War I Centennial Commission. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA
Seneca Quarry Tour
After the leaves fall (and the snakes hibernate), Seneca quarry becomes an amazing wintertime destination. This forgotten site along the C&O Canal was the source for the red sandstone that built the Smithsonian Castle and dozens of buildings around the DC area. Come tour the quarry with Garrett and Atlas Obscura on December 1 starting at 10am. Afterwards, get an autographed copy of Peck's book, The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry, along with other titles. The tour begins at the parking lot by Seneca Aqueduct at the end of Riley's Lock Road in Poolesville, MD.
The Great War in America Book Talk - The Smithsonian Associates
Peck will be speaking about his seventh book, The Great War in America, on December 4 - officially the book's publication date - at the Dillon Ripley Center for The Smithsonian Associates. The event includes a sampling of the French 75 cocktail, named after the famed French artillery piece from WWI. Register here. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Great War in America Book Talk - The Truman Library
President Harry S. Truman was the only future president to fight in World War I, and his presidential library in Independence, Missouri will host a Repeal Day book talk about his seventh book, The Great War in America. The event includes a sampling of the French 75 cocktail, named after the famed French artillery piece from WWI; Truman commanded a battery of these deadly guns. December 5 @ 6pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
City of Fairfax Regional Library - Holiday Book Mart
Come meet author Garrett Peck and dozens of other authors at the City of Fairfax Regional Library's Friends of the Virginia Room holiday book mart on December 9 from 2 - 4pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing, including The Great War in America and numerous other of Peck's titles. 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
Politics & Prose
Author Garrett Peck will speak about his latest book, The Great War in America, at DC's premier independent bookstore, Politics & Prose, on January 5, 2019 from 1 - 2pm.
Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington
Garrett Peck will speak about his latest book, The Great War in America, before the esteemed body of professional tour guides on January 8, 2019 at the Guild's annual education day. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Past Events in 2018:
Adventures on the C&O Canal
Pack your hiking boots and flashlight for a fun overnight trip to explore the man-made wonders of the C&O Canal, as well as natural beauty of spring along the Potomac River. On the first day, we'll visit Monocacy Aqueduct, Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, and overnight in quaint Berkeley Springs, home to George Washington's bathtub. On the second day, we'll explore the spectacular Paw Paw Tunnel, the Sideling Hill Road Cut, and check out a brewery on the way home. This is a Smithsonian Associates event, and tickets can be purchased online.
George Washington's Alexandria
April 21, 27 and 29. A 2.5-hour walking tour through Old Town Alexandria of sites related to the Founding Father. Register through The Smithsonian Associates. Buy tickets at Smithsonian Associates.
Jazz History Tour
One of Peck's most popular tours is back! The Jazz Nights in Shaw Tour visits numerous jazz clubs, concert halls, and speakeasies from the era when U Street was DC's "Black Broadway." Led through The Smithsonian Associates on July 5, 11, 13 and 19. Registration details to follow. Also May 27 through Politics & Prose. Register here.
Literary Hill Book Fest
Garrett Peck will sign copies of his books at this notable annual book festival in Eastern Market (225 7th Street, SE), Sunday, May 6 from 11am - 3pm.
Walt Whitman in Washington
The Civil War-era poet lived in Washington, D.C. for ten years (1863 - 1873). This walking tour visits the many downtown sites associated with the Good Gray Poet. June 9 through Politics & Prose (buy tickets here); other dates in June through The Smithsonian Associates (registration details to follow).