NEWPORT, R.I. -- The public is invited to join Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, members of the Claiborne Pell family, and author G. Wayne Miller for the launch party celebrating the release of Miller’s “An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell,” the authorized biography of the late six-term U.S. senator.
The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, 518 Bellevue Ave. Those interested in attending this free event are asked to RSVP by Oct. 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (401) 341-2927.
In addition to Reed and Whitehouse, whose political careers were greatly influenced by Pell, speakers at the event will also include Salve Regina’s president, Sister Jane Gerety and chancellor, Sister M. Therese Antone. Also speaking will be two Pell grandchildren, Nick and Clay Pell.
Miller will read from the book and sign copies, which will be sold at this event only at a 30 percent discount. Newly named Pell Center executive director James Ludes will host.
Published by the University Press of New England, “An Uncommon Man” is the first biography of the creator of the Pell Grants college assistance program and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and a longtime advocate of global peace who was instrumental in several treaties and an early opponent of the Vietnam War.
Pell served six terms in the U.S. Senate, longest of any Rhode Islander, from 1961 to 1997, never losing an election. Miller wrote the book with exclusive access to family archives and the Pell Collection at the University of Rhode Island, among other sources.
A staff writer at The Providence Journal, Miller is the author of seven previous books and is also a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film, 2010’s “Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society,” which he wrote and co-produced, has been broadcast on PBS and enjoyed several theatrical runs at Newport’s Jane Pickens Theater.
Official publication date of the hardcover is Oct. 11. The Kindle edition is already available.
For more information on the book, visit www.pellbook.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Claiborne-Pell-biography/155042620179.