The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

Thursday, October 19th 6:30pm

In conversation with Dan Zak

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore-the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. 

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. The Last Castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day. 

Denise Kiernan's previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times,and NPR bestseller. Kiernan has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, Discover, and many more publications.

Dan Zak is a reporter for The Washington Post. He has written a wide range of news stories, narratives, and profiles while on local, national, and foreign assignments. He is also the author of the non-fiction book Almighty, which reexamines America's relationship with the atomic bomb. He is from Buffalo, N.Y., and lives in Washington, D.C.