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Alexandria Library Foundation welcomes
#1 New York Times bestselling author

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Join us this June for the Alexandria Library Foundation 2024 Author Event. We're thrilled to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci for a conversation about his experience as an author and the historical significance and research that went into the writing of his latest book, A Calamity of Souls. The event will be emceed by Allison Seymour, Morning News Anchor, WUSA9.

Help us to commemorate Alexandria Library’s 1939 Sit-In Anniversary. The 2024 Author Event raises funds for the Sit-In Conference Room in addition to services, materials, and programs for the Alexandria Library. Read the full press release here.

Event Ticket: $100 per person and includes your invitation to the conversation and reception, hors d'œuvres, and drinks. Book not included in ticket price. You can purchase a book from Old Town Books at the event.

Event Ticket (Including Book): $125 per person and includes your invitation to the conversation and reception, hors d'œuvres, drinks, and a copy of A Calamity of Souls.

Host Committee Information: $500 per person and includes an invitation to our VIP Reception with David Baldacci, your name listed in the event program, an event ticket, and a copy of A Calamity of Souls.


Alexandria Library Foundation 2024 Author Event


Thursday, June 6, 2024

Conversation & Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m.
VIP Reception 5:30–6:15 p.m.


Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Center

Virginia Theological Seminary

3630 Bishop Walker Circle, Alexandria, VA 22304

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor of the 2024 Author Event and give back to the community. Learn more about sponsorship levels and their benefits at the links below.

2024 Author Event Sponsorship Information

2024 Author Event Sponsorship Form

For additional information, please contact

Michele Stork at 703-212-8129 or

About the book

Set in the tumultuous year of 1968 in southern Virginia, a racially-charged murder case sets a duo of white and Black lawyers against a deeply unfair system as they work to defend their wrongfully-accused Black defendants in this courtroom drama from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

Jack Lee is a white lawyer from Freeman County, Virginia, who has never done anything to push back against racism, until he decides to represent Jerome Washington, a Black man charged with brutally killing an elderly and wealthy white couple. Doubting his decision, Lee fears that his legal skills may not be enough to prevail in a case where the odds are already stacked against both him and his client. And he quickly finds himself out of his depth when he realizes that what is at stake is far greater than the outcome of a murder trial.


Desiree DuBose is a Black lawyer from Chicago who has devoted her life to furthering the causes of justice and equality for everyone. She comes to Freeman County and enters a fractious and unwieldy partnership with Lee in a legal battle against the best prosecutor in the Commonwealth. Yet DuBose is also aware that powerful outside forces are at work to blunt the victories achieved by the Civil Rights era.


Lee and DuBose could not be more dissimilar. On their own, neither one can stop the prosecution’s deliberate march towards a guilty verdict and the electric chair.  But together, the pair fight for what once seemed impossible: a chance for a fair trial and true justice.


Over a decade in the writing, A Calamity of Souls breathes richly imagined and detailed life into a bygone era, taking the reader through a world that will seem both foreign and familiar.

About the author

David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 49 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for young readers.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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Event emcee

Allison Seymour is an Emmy Award winning news anchor who has been waking up viewers on morning news in her hometown of Washington, DC since 1999. Allison started her career in television at the Washington, DC News Bureau of ABC News, behind the scenes, after graduating from Hampton University where she is enshrined in the Mass Media Hall of Fame. After earning her Masters of Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina, Allison began her on-air career in Utica, New York. From there, she would go on to hold positions in Binghamton, NY, Albany, NY and St. Louis, Missouri, where she met her husband of 25 years, radio and television host, Marc Clarke. In her spare time, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, including three adult daughters and two shelter pups.

Our Sponsors

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

Presenting Sponsors

The Brown
Sanchez Family

Library Lover Sponsors


Publisher Sponsors


Editor Sponsors


Special thanks to Old Town Books

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