In “Days of Fire,” Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, recounts the unique and evolving relationship between the president and vice president. Baker, a New York Times Best Selling author, chronicles how Bush relied heavily on the political experience of Cheney in his early years but during his second term, Bush increasingly operated on his own. Baker reviewed published interviews and conducted over 275 interviews himself, including an interview with Vice President Cheney, in an attempt to adequately recount the president and vice president’s unique relationship and resolve contradictions in previously published accounts. "Days of Fire" was recently named one of the Top 10 Books of 2013 by the New York Times.
A world premiere musical brings a Tony Award-winning creative team to Little Rock this holiday season. This unique production will include music by Duncan Sheik (Tony and Grammy Award Winner for Spring Awakening), lyrics and book by Nell Benjamin (Tony Nominee for Legally Blonde), direction by John Tartaglia (Tony Nominee for Avenue Q) and animal direction by Bill Berloni (a 2011 Tony Honor recipient). Taran, an Irish Wolfhound, has been cast in the title role of “Winn-Dixie,” trained by Broadway’s foremost animal trainer, Bill Berloni. This will be the first pre-Broadway musical starring a live dog as the central character. Panel guests include several members of the Tony Award-winning creative team along with renowned animal trainer Bill Berloni on training dogs for the Broadway stage.
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin will discuss “Double Down,” the follow up to their No. 1 best selling book, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," which goes behind the headlines to tell the story of the historic 2008 presidential campaign. Based on over 500 interviews, Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York magazine, and Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine, provide a behind-the-scenes account of the 2012 campaign. In "Double Down," they explore the consideration of swapping Hillary Clinton for Vice President Joe Biden, the relationship between President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, insights into how each campaign operated behind the scenes, and the influences political leaders, such as Senator Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had on the campaign.