Saturday, November 7th at 6:00
D'Agostino chronicles one man's survival after the devastating loss of his family in Cheshire Connecticut.
Award-winning journalist Ryan D'Agostino renders Dr. William Petit's harrowing but deeply uplifting story in The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town. Many people remember hearing of the horrific 2007 Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion−an assault that left Dr. Petit brutally beaten and in which he lost his wife and two daughters. D'Agostino, who grew up in nearby West Hartford, Connecticut, has been immersed in Petit's remarkable story from the beginning, first writing about it as an editor for Esquire. The only reporter Petit has spoken to at length, he draws on interviews born of that trust to bring to life Bill's poignant, harrowing, and yet ultimately inspiring journey.
"The Rising lingers long after you have read it. It raises fundamental issues about the human condition−our ability to move on in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Bill Petit lost his wife and two children in a crime beyond imagination. In the hands of Ryan D'Agostino what emerges is a pitch-perfect story of grace, eloquence, and renewal."−Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
Ryan D'Agostino is the editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics magazine. Previously, he was an articles editor at Esquire, and he has written for The New Yorker, Ski and other publications.
This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Keeler Library. They will hold a short (three minute) annual meeting at the beginning of the talk.