Opening remarks begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the author’s talk. A reception with book signing takes place immediately afterwards from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seating is available starting at 5:00 p.m.
Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers collecting. He’s also author of two books: GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK and THE LEPER SPY, both from Chicago Review Press.
Montgomery grew up… in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Arkansas, the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.
In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.