Author to visit KYL

Tom Shroder, writer and grandson of Iowa author MacKinlay Kantor, will be at Kendall Young Library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his new book “The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family.”

The newly released non-fiction work is a look at the complex and contradictory life of his Pulitzer prize-winning grandfather. In it, Shroder explores how Kantor’s difficult relationships with his family, fame, alcoholism, and his own ego left both a celebrated and complicated legacy behind. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing for $28.

MacKinlay Kantor was a journalist, novelist and screenwriter born and raised in Webster City in the early 20th century. He wrote more than 30 novels, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1956 for his 1955 novel Andersonville.

Tom Shroder has been an award-winning journalist, writer and editor for nearly 40 years. As editor of The Washington Post Magazine between 2001 and 2009 he oversaw staff writer Gene Weingarten’s two Pulitzer Prize-winning feature stories.

For more information or to pre-order a copy of his book, call 832-9100.