Rollins Community Center and Lewes History Museum, Lewes

Please join us on Saturday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, for a 2022 History Book Festival author presentation featuring James Kirchick, author of "Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington" (Henry Holt & Co., 2022). Kirchick will be in conversation with David M. Skover, a former professor of law at Seattle University School of Law.

Presented in partnership with CAMP Rehoboth.

All Saturday events are FREE. Seats are available on a first-come basis.

About the book
For decades, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington. The mere suggestion that a person might be gay destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. At the height of the Cold War, fear of homosexuality became intertwined with the growing threat of international communism, leading to a purge of gay men and lesbians from the federal government. A decades-long witch hunt impacted everything from the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI to the ascent of Joseph McCarthy, the struggle for Black civil rights, and the rise of the conservative movement.

About the author
James Kirchick is the author of "The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age." His articles about civil rights, politics, and culture have appeared in numerous publications, including "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "The Wall Street Journal," and "The Atlantic."

Purchase the book
Copies of "Secret City" are available from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, official bookseller of the History Book Festival, and biblion in Lewes. Online sources and digital versions are tempting; however, supporting local brick and mortar shops helps to preserve our vibrant main streets.


About the Festival
The 2022 History Book Festival is presented by Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I PenFed Realty. Our Keynote Address is presented by Dogfish Head, and our Closing Address is presented by Joe and Debbie Schell. Because of their support, as well as the generosity of other funding partners and donors, we are able to offer the bulk of this festival free-of-charge to attendees.

Thanks also to our community partners for their continuing support: the Lewes Public Library for event promotion and venue; Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, official bookseller of the History Book Festival; and the "Cape Gazette" and Delmarva Public Media, our media partners.

Learn more about the other authors presenting at 2022 HBF