An evening with Erik Larson at Hermosa Beach Community Theater

{pages} is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson to Southern California on Tuesday, May 28th at 7 pm when he will discuss his brand-new book, The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War (Crown – 4/30/24) at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater.

Larson’s previous works include: The Splendid and the Vile, Dead WakeIn the Garden of BeastsThunderstruckIsaac’s Storm, and The Devil in the White City. In this newest,  Larson applies his acclaimed storytelling skills to bring to life the pivotal five months between the election of Abraham Lincoln and the start of the Civil War—a slow-burning crisis that finally tore a deeply divided nation in two.

General Admission $45 - Ticket includes a signed copy of The Demon of Unrest [$45] –  Purchase Ticket

VIP Ticket $55 - Ticket includes preferred seating, a casual meet and greet with the author prior to the presentation and a personalized signed copy of The Demon of Unrest - [$55] Purchase VIP Ticket

We expect this event to sell out so encourage you to purchase tickets early.

More about the new book:

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the fluky victor in a tight race for president. The country was bitterly at odds; Southern extremists were moving ever closer to destroying the Union, with one state after another seceding and Lincoln powerless to stop them. Slavery fueled the conflict, but somehow the passions of North and South came to focus on a lonely federal fortress in Charleston Harbor: Fort Sumter.

In The Demon of Unrest, Larson offers a gripping account of the chaotic months between Lincoln’s election and the Confederacy’s shelling of Sumter—a period marked by tragic errors and miscommunications, enflamed egos and craven ambitions, personal tragedies and betrayals. Lincoln himself wrote that the trials of these five months were “so great that, could I have anticipated them, I would not have believed it possible to survive them.”

At the heart of this suspense-filled narrative are Major Robert Anderson, Sumter’s commander and a former slave owner sympathetic to the South but loyal to the Union; Edmund Ruffin, a vain and bloodthirsty radical who stirs secessionist ardor at every opportunity; and Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of a prominent planter, conflicted over both marriage and slavery and seeing parallels between both. In the middle of it all is the overwhelmed Lincoln, battling with his duplicitous Secretary of State, William Seward, as he tries desperately to avert a war that he fears is inevitable—one that will eventually kill 750,000 Americans.

Drawing on diaries, secret communiques, slave ledgers, and plantation records, Larson gives us a political horror story that captures the forces that led America to the brink—a dark reminder that we often don’t see a cataclysm coming until it’s too late.

Erik Larson is the author of six national bestsellers: The Splendid and the VileDead WakeIn the Garden of BeastsThunderstruckThe Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than ten million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.

Event address: 
Hermosa Community Theater
710 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725609
Availability: In Stock
Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348737
Availability: In Stock
Published: Crown - February 15th, 2022

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408877
Availability: In Stock
Published: Crown - March 22nd, 2016

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408853
Availability: In Stock
Published: Crown - May 1st, 2012

Thunderstruck By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400080670
Availability: In Stock
Published: Crown - September 25th, 2007

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375708275
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000