Barbara Bush bio author to speak at Lewes library Aug. 28

Susan Page talk is part of series for History Book Festival Sept. 27-29
August 23, 2019

Award-winning journalist Susan Page will discuss her definitive biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush during a special presentation at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. In addition to her library presentation, Page will sign copies of her book starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

The program, sponsored by the History Book Festival and the Lewes Public Library with book sales by Browseabout Books, is part of a series of book discussions leading up to the Third Annual History Book Festival, set for Friday to Sunday, Sept. 27 to 29, in Lewes.

“The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” is a fascinating account of the woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Page, USA Today's Washington Bureau chief, interviewed more than 100 Bush family members and friends, engaged in hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final months of her life, and was granted access to diaries that spanned decades.

Hailed by The Atlantic as a “rare biography of a public figure that’s not only beautifully written, but also shockingly revelatory,” “The Matriarch” traces the experiences that shaped Mrs. Bush and offers her last words for history on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family’s legacy.

Page has covered six White House administrations, is reporting on her 11th presidential campaign, and has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. Her next book is a biography of Nancy Pelosi titled “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power.”

Following her Aug. 28 library presentation, Page will take questions and sign copies of her book. The book is available for purchase at Browseabout Books and also will be on sale during the library event.

The Aug. 28 program is free, but registration is requested. To reserve a seat, sign up online at, call the library at 302-645-2733, or register at the circulation desk. Walk-ins are welcome.

This year’s History Book Festival will open Friday, Sept. 27, with a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson. Twenty bestselling or new and promising authors will discuss their books throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 28, ahead of a closing address by acclaimed novelist Alice Hoffman Sunday, Sept. 29.

Complete details on 2019 festival authors, book summaries, schedules and presentation venues are available at All events except the keynote and closing addresses are free. For more library information, visit