Erik Larson •

Thu, Jul 11, 2024 – 7:00 pm est

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Walk-up to the Opera House

You can purchase tickets at the box office of the City Opera House (hours may vary by season; check website for details)

106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

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Event and Book

Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Splendid and the Vile, brings to life the pivotal five months between the election of Abraham Lincoln and the start of the Civil War—a simmering crisis that finally tore a deeply divided nation in two.

Larson’s Demon of Unrest appears destined to top the bestseller charts. It’s been named as a most anticipated book of the year by the New York Times, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, New York Post, Lit Hub, and Book Riot.

Demon of Unrest is a gripping account of the chaotic months between Lincoln’s election and the Confederacy’s shelling of Sumter—a period marked by tragic errors and miscommunications, enflamed egos and craven ambitions, personal tragedies and betrayals. Lincoln himself wrote that the trials of these five months were “so great that, could I have anticipated them, I would not have believed it possible to survive them.”

This political horror story captures the forces that led America to the brink—a dark reminder that we often don’t see a cataclysm coming until it’s too late. In the middle of it all is the overwhelmed Lincoln, battling with his duplicitous secretary of state, William Seward, as he tries desperately to avert a war that he fears is inevitable—one that will eventually kill 750,000 Americans. 

NWS has virtual and in-person ticket options for all of its events. You can see Erik Larson in-person at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan, or buy livestream tickets and watch from anywhere in the world.For in-person ticket holders, the City Opera House doors open at 6 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A. Erik Larson will personalize books after the event. For virtual ticket holders, the livestream opens at 6:50 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

This is a modified book bundled event, meaning each ticket comes with a signed hardcover copy of The Demon of Unrest (or opt for a two-ticket package with ONE book). The book publishes on April 30, 2024 and reflects a 20 percent discount from its $35 retail price. All tickets are subject to ticket fees and shipping costs if you choose to have your booked shipped to you from Horizon Books.

TIER ONE ticket is $27 plus book:
One ticket plus ONE book: $57
Two Tickets plus ONE book: $84

TIER TWO ticket is $17 plus book:
One Ticket plus ONE book: $47
Two Tickets plus ONE book: $64

VIRTUAL TICKETS (ticket fees not included):
Virtual Tickets are $15 plus a book
Virtual Ticket plus book: $45

STUDENT TICKETS: (Books are not included)
Student Tickets: $10

Erik Larson

Erik Larson is the author of eight books, six of which became New York Times bestsellers. His latest books, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, both hit no. 1 on the list soon after launch. His saga of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, The Devil in the White City, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing. It lingered on various Times bestseller lists for the better part of a decade and is currently in development at Disney Studios. Erik’s In the Garden of Beasts, about how America’s first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter experienced the rising terror of Hitler’s rule, is currently in development with StudioCanal and Playtone.

Guest Host | Doug Stanton


Guest Host Doug Stanton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way and 12 Strong, made into a major motion picture by Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Odyssey of Echo Company. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times Book ReviewTimeThe Washington PostMen’s JournalThe Daily BeastNewsweek, Esquire, and Outside. He was awarded the 2021 Steven Ambrose Oral History award. He 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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