Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 9: Denise Kiernan

The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan
Denise Kiernan’s latest book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home, explores the Gilded Age and the titans who ruled during that time. She finds her way into this time period through the monolithic Biltmore House, which remains the largest private residence ever built in the United States. The Biltmore is located in Denise’s current home town of Asheville, North Carolina.

Denise has been working as a writer for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Discover and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” during its Emmy award-winning first season and has produced for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC. She has co-authored several popular history titles including Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know.

Her last book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPR Bestseller, and was named as one of Amazon’s “Top 100 Best Books of 2013.” It was also awarded the 2014 American Political Science Association Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the United States on government, politics, or international affairs. Throughout her career, Denise has been a featured guest on many radio and television shows, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Denise Kiernan brings her book The Last Castle to Atlanta on Monday, October 2nd. She’ll speak and sign copies of the book at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

Denise Kiernan Author Website

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Events Website

Emory Exhibition: The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940–1975

Pete Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait

David Gushee Event Website

Books Mentioned in This Episode

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise KiernanThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan




The Last Castle by Denise KiernanThe Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan