Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian T.J. Stiles Event POSTPONED

April 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
The DEC - Downtown Event Center
480 Park Ave.
Idaho Falls
General Tickets: $50.00; Benefator Tickets: $75.00
Idaho Humanities Council
(208) 345-5346



Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, historian T.J. Stiles will be the speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council’s 13th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., at the DEC*, 480 Park Ave., in Idaho Falls. Stiles will speak about his last book Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History.

General tickets are $50 and Benefactor tickets are $75. Benefactors are invited to a small private pre-event reception with Mr. Stiles at 5:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a no-host reception and music at 6:15 p.m. at the DEC. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Stiles’s talk to follow. Stiles’s books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite for signing afterwards.

Custer’s Trials paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person – capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is that he lived on a frontier in time.

Stiles also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his critically acclaimed book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Stiles served as historical adviser and on-screen expert for Jesse James and Grand Central, two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He has written for The New York Times Book Review, Smithsonian, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

A native of Benton County, Minnesota, Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University, and resided in New York City for twenty years. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

*Denotes new venue this year. Seating is limited.

Supported in part by:

The William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation