Hybrid Event: Denise Kiernan presents We Gather Together in conversation with Bruce Steele

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Image for hybrid event: Denise Kiernan (photo shown) presents WE GATHER TOGETHER (book cover shown) in conversation with Bruce Steele (photo shown). Thursday, October 21st, 6 PM ET.

We're thrilled to welcome back New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan, presenting We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace, on Thursday, October 21st at 6 PM ET.

This is a HYBRID event, meaning there is the opportunity to attend BOTH virtually and in person. Please select one of the attendance options to learn more and choose your own adventure/attendance option! 

Click here to register for the free VIRTUAL event.

Click here to purchase a ticket to the IN-PERSON event. (Ticket includes of signed copy of We Gather Together.)


From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, bestselling author Denise Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday. Spanning centuries, We Gather Together is anchored amid the strife of the Civil War, and driven by the fascinating story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother with no formal schooling who became one of the 19th century's most influential tastemakers and who campaigned for decades to make real an annual day of thanks. Populated by an enthralling supporting cast of characters including Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, Walt Whitman, Norman Rockwell, and others, We Gather Together is ultimately a story of tenacity and dedication, an inspiring tale of how imperfect people in challenging times can create powerful legacies.

Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist and producer. Her latest book, We Gather Together, arrived winter 2020. Her last book, The Last Castle (Sept., 2017), was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of The Girls of Atomic City, which is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She lives in North Carolina.

Bruce C. Steele is a journalist with a long career of profiling the famous and the unheralded, from the pastry chefs at the Biltmore Estate to the stars of Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. A Pennsylvania native and University of Alabama graduate, he started his career at a daily newspaper in Louisiana and most recently worked at the paper in his current home of Asheville, North Carolina. In between he was the executive editor of Out magazine and the editor in chief of The Advocate newsmagazine and also took time to get an MFA in film studies from Columbia University. He has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, where his husband was a Disney animator. He is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Disney's twenty-three magazine and the author of  One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe. 

Event date: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:00pm
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In person and virtual attendance option