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Author James Reston, Jr. (’63) to Reflect on his Life in Writing at May 7 Program


“James Reston, Jr.: A Life in Writing”
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Journalist and author James Reston, Jr. (’63) will reflect on his life as a writer and discuss two of his forthcoming books on May 7 at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Reston, currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will talk about his September 11 novel The Nineteenth Hijacker and his nonfiction book The Real Target in Dallas, which argues that then Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target in the JFK assassination.

Sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection and the Friends of the Library, the 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

Reston’s appearance also comes on the occasion of his donation of his personal archive to the Southern Historical Collection. The donation includes more than 25 boxes of correspondence and notes from Reston’s writing career.

Reston, who has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a Scholar in Residence at the Library of Congress, served as an assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall 1964-65. In 1976-1977, Reston was David Frost’s Watergate advisor for the famous televised interviews with President Richard Nixon. His role in the interviews was depicted by the actor Sam Rockwell in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.

He served as a UNC Lecturer in Creative Writing 1971-81, and was a Morehead scholar and an All South soccer player during his time as a UNC student.

Reston’s books include The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/​Nixon Interviews (2007), The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally (1989), and Our Father Who Art in Hell: The Life and Death of Jim Jones (1981). His journalism has been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and The New York Times Magazine, among others.

Reston will also participate in UNC’s reunion weekend May 9-12, including moderating the panel Race, Desegregation, and Chapel Hill, 1959-63” at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Wilson Library.

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