Thursday February 20, 2014, for one night only, bestselling author of The Butler, A Witness to History, which has also been made into a very popular movie, will give a talk at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.
The opportunity to meet and learn from such a successful author is one every writer in the area should take advantage of. As far as I have found out, this is a free event, and parking is free at that time for visitors to the campus.
Haygood was raised by a single mother, and was the first person in his family to achieve a college degree. He became a nationally recognized journalist, including his coverage of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which he performed for 33 days, without taking one day off.
Haygood had to do some digging to find his topic: Eugene Allen, butler to eight presidents. Shortly after the 2008 election, Wil Haygood published an article on Allen in the Washington Post.
Surprisingly, this bestseller does not get 5 stars on Amazon. However, his journalism instincts and training led him to feel that it was a good time and topic. And he was correct. (The article attracted Hollywood, and, as usual, the studio took some liberties with history.)
In this case, the bestselling book was written after the movie, and not before. If you have silver screen aspirations, be informed that the process can go both ways. Using material from his own life, and his writing, Haygood has become a popular speaker. (Something you can do with your own life and writing.