All adult tickets include ONE (1) autographed copy of GRANT

• Books will be distributed to ticket holders at the venue on the night of the event.
• Tickets are General Admission.
• Event includes author presentation and audience Q&A

Student ticket with valid Student ID: $20 (book not included)

Join “America’s best biographer” and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow, whose book inspired the musical hit Hamilton, as he discusses his newest biography, Grant. The Keynote Event opens the two-day Morristown Festival of Books with visits by more than 40 acclaimed authors. A full schedule of author talks and book-related events for attendees of all ages takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 14, in downtown Morristown. The main Festival events on Saturday are free, with no tickets or reservation required.  Visit for more information.

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  • Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation,” Ron Chernow dazzles with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. 

    Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
    With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic … and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America’s greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.