Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will be the speaker next month at the 2012 Ogden School Foundation Fall Author Event. Atkinson's book "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943" won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for history. The book is the first in his acclaimed The Liberation Trilogy.
Janis Vause, the executive director of the foundation, said the organization is planning an "extremely patriotic" affair and plans to honor all veterans attending the dinner. World War II veterans who served in North Africa in 1942 and 1942 are enouraged to contact the foundation's office so that they can attend the event as the foundation's guest and receive a special recognition.
Atkinson, a former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, is also the best-selling author of "The Long Gray Line," the saga about the West Point class of 1966, and "Crusade," a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War. He also wrote "In the Company of Soldiers," an account of his time with General David H. Petraeus during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Atkinson will share uplifting stories of courageous leadership by U.S. military leaders at the fundraising dinner and book signing, which will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden.
Tables of 10 are available for $700, $900, $1,200 or $1,500. Individual tickets are $70-$150. To reserve tickets, call the Ogden School Foundation at 801-737-7305 or mail a check to the Ogden School Foundation/Fall Author 2012, 1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, 84401.