September 11 Nantucket Book Fest Event
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9/11 Retrospective Held Saturday, September 18, 2021

On Saturday, September 18 at 6 pm, The Nantucket Book Festival will host a conversation between author Mitchell Zuckoff (Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11) and South Tower survivor and hero Brian Clark to commemorate the 20th anniversary of that life-changing day. This live, in-person event is free and will be held in Nantucket’s Dreamland Theater on South Water Street.

Zuckoff’s book Fall and Rise masterfully weaves together the interrelated strands of the events in New York City; in Washington, D.C.; and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to create the first minute-by-minute history of 9/11. Brian Clark, who escaped just moments before the South Tower collapsed, experienced it first-hand.

In the hours, weeks, and months after September 11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After years of meticulous research and reporting on that infamous day, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with the voices of the lost and the saved. The result is a gripping book, telling some of the most intimate stories of people irrevocably affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday morning in September 2001. His research led to a friendship with Brian Clark, who rescued fellow survivor Stanley Praimnath and escaped just four minutes before the South Tower fell.

Copies of Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 will be available for purchase and signing at the event. To register for this free event, visit

The Nantucket Book Festival operates under the Nantucket Book Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to celebrate and promote the joys and rewards of reading and writing. The organization seeks to present an annual quality program that honors national, regional, and local authors and the rich culture of the written word.
The Nantucket Book Foundation, working together with island educators, brings its Visiting Author program into our schools as well as the annual Young Writers Award essay competition for high school students. These programs encourage our students to find a platform of words and a love of reading to understand that while they may live on an island, there is no limit to imagination.

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