Timothy Egan presents 'A Fever in the Heartland'

From the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author, the story of the Klan's rise to power in the 1920s, the cunning con man who drove that rise, and the woman who stopped them.

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Timothy Egan to our stage at Lake Forest Park! Join us for a celebration of Egan's instant New York Times bestselling book A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them. Tickets are required!

What you need to know:

  • Book-bundled tickets come with a paperback edition of A Fever In the Heartland. Books will be available for pickup at the event.
  • All sales from General Admission tickets ($6) will be donated to our Books to Students Fund.
  • If you are unable to attend the event, pre-purchased books will be placed on hold at our Lake Forest Park store. You may request to have your book placed on hold at our Ravenna or Seward Park location. Please allow time for transfer.

Copies of the paperback edition of Fever in the Heartland and other books by Timothy Egan will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book in advance!

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About Fever in the Heartland. . .

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

“A master class in the tools of narrative nonfiction.” —The Washington Post

From the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author, the "powerful... gripping" (The New York Times Book Review) story of the Klan's rise to power in the 1920s, the cunning con man who drove that rise, and the woman who stopped them.

The Roaring Twenties—the Jazz Age—has been characterized as a time of Gatsby frivolity. But it was also the height of the uniquely American hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. They hated Blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants in equal measure, and took radical steps to keep these people from the American promise. And the man who set in motion their takeover was a charismatic charlatan named D.C. Stephenson.

Within two years of his arrival in Indiana, Stephenson had become the Grand Dragon of the state and the architect of the strategy that brought the group out of the shadows. Judges, prosecutors, ministers, governors and senators across the country all proudly proclaimed their membership. But at the peak of his influence, it was a seemingly powerless woman—Madge Oberholtzer—who would reveal his secret cruelties, and whose deathbed testimony finally brought the Klan to their knees. A Fever in the Heartland marries a propulsive drama to a powerful and page-turning reckoning with one of the darkest threads in American history.


Praise for Fever in the Heartland. . .

“Powerful . . . As a narrative, “A Fever in the Heartland” is gripping; as a rumination on the moral obscenity of white supremacy — whatever guises it wears — the book is damning.” 
The New York Times Book Review

"A master class in the tools of narrative nonfiction: high stakes, ample suspense and sweeping historical phenomena made vivid through the dramatic actions of individual villains and heroes.” 
The Washington Post

“Riveting…Egan is a brilliant researcher and lucid writer.” 
Star Tribune

“Masterful…this is a fascinating read and revelation of American history.”
The Spokesman-Review

"Egan has done it again, mastering another complicated American story with authority and surprising detail.  The Klan here are not the nightriders of the late 19th century, but a retooled special interest group and unusually potent political power. The influence they wielded over states and policy should put a chill in every American. Bravo.” 
—Ken Burns

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and the author of nine other books, including the New York Times bestsellers A Fever in the Heartland and The Immortal Irishman. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His account of photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, won the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. (Photo credit: Ruth Fremson)

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