SOLD OUT: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of An Unfinished Love Story

Doris Kearns Goodwin's author photo, credit Annie LeibovitzJon Meacham author photo, credit Heidi RossTickets for this event are sold out.

Parnassus Books and Montgomery Bell Academy are thrilled to present an evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin, in conversation with Jon Meacham, as they discuss Doris's new book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s.

This ticketed event will take place at Paschall Theater at Montgomery Bell Academy on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30 PM. (Doors will open at 5:30.)


Each ticket is $40.25 and includes one general admission seat and one signed copy of An Unfinished Love Story. Books will be pre-sigend, and there will be a signing line for personalizations following the event on stage.

Additional copies of An Unfinished Love Story, and previous titles will be available for sale at the event while supplies last.


Parking is free on the MBA campus. There is a garage located at 205 South Wilson Boulevard (East side of MBA's campus. You may also park in the Vine Street Church parking lot or in any of the surface lots on campus.

About the book:

An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of America's most beloved historians, artfully weaves together biography, memoir, and history. She takes you along on the emotional journey she and her husband, Richard (Dick) Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life.

Dick and Doris Goodwin were married for forty-two years and married to American history even longer. In his twenties, Dick was one of the brilliant young men of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. In his thirties he both named and helped design Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and was a speechwriter and close advisor to Robert Kennedy. Doris Kearns was a twenty-four-year-old graduate student when selected as a White House Fellow. She worked directly for Lyndon Johnson and later assisted on his memoir.

Over the years, with humor, anger, frustration, and in the end, a growing understanding, Dick and Doris had argued over the achievements and failings of the leaders they served and observed, debating the progress and unfinished promises of the country they both loved.

The Goodwins' last great adventure involved finally opening the more than three hundred boxes of letters, diaries, documents, and memorabilia that Dick had saved for more than fifty years. They soon realized they had before them an unparalleled personal time capsule of the 1960s, illuminating public and private moments of a decade when individuals were powered by the conviction they could make a difference; a time, like today, marked by struggles for racial and economic justice, a time when lines were drawn and loyalties tested.

Their expedition gave Dick's last years renewed purpose and determination. It gave Doris the opportunity to connect and reconnect with participants and witnesses of pivotal moments of the 1960s. And it gave them both an opportunity to make fresh assessments of the central figures of the time--John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, and especially Lyndon Johnson, who greatly impacted both their lives. The voyage of remembrance brought unexpected discoveries, forgiveness, and the renewal of old dreams, reviving the hope that the youth of today will carry forward this unfinished love story with America.

About the author:

Doris Kearns Goodwin's work for President Johnson inspired her career as a presidential historian. Her first book was Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for Team of Rivals, in part the basis for Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, about the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Her last book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times was the inspiration for the History Channel docuseries on Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, which she executive produced.

About Jon Meacham:

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. The Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle; His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope; The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels; The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus; Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush; Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power; American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House; American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation; and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship. A fellow of the Society of American Historians, Meacham lives in Nashville with his family.



Event date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Montgomery Bell Academy, Paschall Theater
4001 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205