Keith Thomson • Book Talk & Signing

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Join Ernest & Hadley Booksellers on Saturday, June 1, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM as we welcome bestselling Birmingham-based author, Keith Thomson, and his latest historical exposition, Paradise of the Damned: The True Story of an Obsessive Quest for El Dorado, the Legendary City of Gold.

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“Elizabethan-era English explorer Walter Raleigh’s quest for the mythical gold-filled city of El Dorado is vividly recreated in this rollicking account from bestseller Thomson . . . Thomson’s breezy and puckish narration makes the historical subject matter sizzle. Readers will relish this enticing romp through the Age of Exploration.”Publishers Weekly


As early as 1530, reports of El Dorado, a city of gold in the South American interior, beckoned to European explorers. Whether there was any truth to the stories remained to be seen, but the allure of unimaginable riches was enough to ensnare dozens of would-be heroes and glory hounds in the desperate hunt. Among them was Sir Walter Raleigh: ambitious courtier, confidant to Queen Elizabeth, and, before long, El Dorado fanatic.

Paradise of the Damned, like Keith Thomson’s critically acclaimed Born to Be Hanged, brings this story to life in lush and captivating detail. The book charts Raleigh’s obsessive search for El Dorado—as well as the many doomed expeditions that preceded and accompanied his—providing not only an invaluable history but also a gripping narrative of traveling to the ends of the earth only to realize, too late, that what lies at home is the greatest treasure of all.

Keith Thomson is the author of the nonfiction book Born to Be Hanged, as well as several novels, including Pirates of Pensacola and the New York Times bestseller Once a Spy. The former Columbia history major also writes nonfiction for the New York Times, Garden & Gun, and the Huffington Post on a range of topics, including national security and piracy. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Event address: 
1928 7Th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
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$34.00
ISBN: 9780316497008
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 21st, 2024