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Colonial Williamsburg Announces 2013 Speakers Series

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced today a line-up of special speakers for 2013 that showcase the foundation’s role as a center for history and citizenship.

The series begins with award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, who will sign his books and deliver a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Smith, the host of P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table on public television and Garden Style on commercial television will be in Williamsburg for the annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium. Admission is $30 ticket. Smith’s books will be available for purchase at $15 to $33.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham follows with a book signing and presentation on Thomas Jefferson’s life in Williamsburg 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Meacham’s latest book is “Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power.” Meacham is executive editor at Random House, and a former editor of Newsweek and former co-anchor of the public-affairs broadcast, “Need to Know” on PBS. Tickets are $65 each and include lunch. Meacham’s books will be available for purchase separately at $16 to $35.

In addition to delivering the keynote speech during the annual Flag Day naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the Colonial Capitol, Greek-American author and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington will present her observations and opinions on the media earlier that day during lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Best known for her news website, The Huffington Post, she is president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. Her presentation will include a question-and-answer session. Admission is $65 and includes lunch.

David Brooks anchors the speaker lineup. Brooks is a political and cultural columnist for The New York Times and a commentator on PBS NewsHour. He also worked as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times; a reporter and op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal; a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception; a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly; and as a commentator on National Public Radio. Brooks will sign his books and speak on current events followed by a question-and-answer session 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Admission is $65 and includes lunch.

For more information or to purchase tickets for a 2013 Speakers Series event, visit http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/speakers/.

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