Don Winslow •

Sun, Apr 7, 2024 – 7:00 pm est

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106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

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Event and Book


Legendary author Don Winslow will take the National Writers Series stage to promote City in Ruins–the explosive conclusion of his epic Danny Ryan trilogy. (But no worries, although it follows City on Fire and City of Dreams, you can read the three novels in any order.)

Don Winslow—an international bestselling author, former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant—has announced that City in Ruins will be the final novel of his extraordinary career. This will be your first and last chance to see him in Traverse City! Guest host is #1 New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton.

City in Ruins tells the tale of Danny Ryan, who is beyond his wildest dreams rich. 

Once a dock worker, Irish mob soldier, and fugitive from the law, he is now a respectable businessman—a Las Vegas casino mogul and billionaire partner in a group that owns two lavish hotels. He finally has it all: a beautiful house, a child he adores, a woman he might even fall in love with.

But when he tries to buy an old hotel on a prime piece of real estate with plans to build his dream resort, he triggers a war against Las Vegas power brokers, an FBI agent bent on revenge, and a rival casino owner with dark connections of his own.

Danny thought he had buried his past, but now it reaches up to him from the grave to pull him down. To save his life and everything he loves, Danny must become the ruthless fighter he once was—and never wanted to be again.


Watch live stream or at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. The April 7 event begins at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A. Don Winslow will personalize books after the event. Each in-person ticket comes with a signed hardcover copy of City in Ruins (or opt for a two-ticket package with one book). Each book is discounted at 20 percent.


In-Person at the City Opera House, Traverse City

Tier One:
$54 — One ticket and a signed hardcover copy of City of Ruins
$81 — Two tickets and a signed hardcover copy of City of Ruins*

Tier Two
$44 — One ticket and a signed hardcover copy of City of Ruins
$61 — Two tickets and a signed hardcover copy of City of Ruins*

$10 – Student ticket

*To buy this two-ticket/one book package, please call the Box Office at 231-941-8082, ext. 201.

Virtual Tickets:
(Base price for a virtual ticket is $15)
$42.50 —
Virtual ticket and book book-up from Horizon Books in Traverse City
$48.50 —Virtual ticket with book shipped to your door


Don Winslow

Don Winslow made an early living by guiding photo safaris in Kenya and hiking expeditions in China, directing Shakespeare productions in England, managing a movie theater, and working as a private eye and a trial consultant. After publishing his first novels, he branched into television and film with his friend Shane Salerno. Together they wrote UC/Undercover and collaborated on the screenplay of his novel, Savages, made into a feature film by Oliver Stone. The Death and Life of Bobby Z was made into a film, too.

Winslow is the international bestselling author of 25 award-winning, international bestsellers. Many are destined for the small and big screen, including his epic Cartel trilogy, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Satori, City on Fire, City of Dreams, City in Ruins, the Boone Daniels series, and Working Title (“Crime 101”).  He recently wrote a series of award-winning short stories for Audible narrated by Ed Harris. Winslow has also published short stories and columns in Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Esquire and many others. He lives in California with his wife of 31 years.

Guest Host | Doug Stanton


Doug Stanton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way, 12 Strong—originally titled Horse Soldiers—and The Odyssey of Echo Company. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, TIME, the Washington Post, and other national publications. He has appeared on the Today Show, Morning Joe, and other major media outlets to talk about his work. In 2018, Stanton’s book was made into a movie, 12 Strong, produced by Bruckheimer Films and starring Chris Hemsworth.

Horse Soldiers was also named a 2009 “Notable Book” by the New York Times, and chosen as a “Best Book Of 2009” by Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Barnes & Noble, and Stanton attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Hampshire College, and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He created the National Writers Series in 2009 with his wife, Anne, and attorney Grant Parsons. He and Anne have three children and live in Traverse City.

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