H. Brandt Ayers Book Signing

04/24/2013 7:00 pm


Journalist and publisher H. Brandt Ayers' journey, as described in his new memoir In Love With Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal, takes him from the segregated Old South to covering the central scenes of the civil rights struggle, to editorship of his family's hometown newspaper, The Anniston StarHis is a journey that saw controversy and danger, violence, and civic leadership. 
The narrative includes figures such as US attorney general Robert Kennedy and features insights into Alabama governor George Wallace as he evolved over time. Ayers discusses the birth of the New South movement, the election of a Southern president, the undoing of his presidency, the end of the New South, and diplomatic and journalistic ventures in Russia, China, and South Africa. 
On Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Ayers will discuss and sign copies of his book at the Carter Presidential Library. A Cappella Books will have copies of the book for sale in the lobby. This event is free and open to the public.
H. Brandt Ayers
Ayers, the current publisher of the Anniston Star, graduated from the University of Alabama and later studied at Harvard and Columbia. He served as Washington correspondent for the Raleigh Times (now the Raleigh News & Observer) and covered Robert Kennedy's Justice Department for a news bureau serving newspapers in the South and the Southwest. He later led the Star during the civil-rights era. He was founder and president of the L. Q. C. Lamar Society, an institutional expression of the New South movement.


Praise for In Love With Defeat: 


"...Ayers serves as a personable, insightful guide through his own life and times. I will add this memoir to my students' reading list of books by Southern journalists." --Ferrel Guillory, Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Director of the Program on Public Life, University of North Carolina

"Many of us southern liberals leave home and take our stand from a safe, bug-free distance. But Ayers has remained righteous in his time and place. He held his ground on the right side of history in print when it was dangerous to be on the wrong side of the regional status quo. That Ayers is one of the wittiest storytellers in the South which is to say, the universe makes this a pleasure as well an inspiration, a nuanced portrait of an individual struggling against the historic odds with honor and humor." --Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution








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