Kansas City authors with a national reach are just the kind of thing that we love to showcase on The Local Show. This week, meet Candice Millard, a Leawood based author whose new book about the life and death of one America’s least known Presidents has remarkably propelled her to the New York Times bestseller list. Destiny of the Republic, which tells the tale of the madness and murder of President James Garfield, started the year in the number 15 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list.
Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and Kansas City Star. The River of Doubt was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense Pick, was a finalist for the Quill Awards, and won the William Rockhill Nelson Award. It has been printed in Portugese, Mandarin, and Korean, as well as a British edition. Millard’s work has also appeared in Time Magazine, Washington Post Book World, and the New York Times Book Review. Millard’s second book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, rose to number five on The New York Times bestseller list and has been named a best book of the year by, among others, The New York Times, Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, The Kansas City Star, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Millard lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.
Who’s the metro area author making this big splash? Randy Mason caught up with her.