An Evening with President Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Please join the Library Foundation and Park Road Books for an evening with President Bill Clinton and the world’s bestselling author James Patterson. They will discuss their best-selling novel, The President is Missing, offering candid insights into their unique collaboration and research, as well as the timely and alarming issues their novel raises about our world today.

The President is Missing marks the first time a President has collaborated with a best-selling novelist on a work of fiction. The result is a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

November 29, 2018
7 p.m.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Tickets $50 - $125
Each ticket includes a signed copy of The President is Missing

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992. After two successful terms as president, he left the White House and established the Clinton Foundation, which improves lives across the United States and around the world by working together with partners to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. He is the author of several nonfiction works, including MY LIFE, which was a #1 international bestseller. This is his first novel.

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times best-sellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

Roy Neel, moderator, served as President Bill Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and earlier was Chief of Staff for Senator, then Vice President Al Gore. During the 2000 presidential election and the historic recount period he served as Director of Gore’s Transition Team.

Neel rejoined the former Vice President to assist with the development of Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and the best-selling book that accompanied the film. He helped Gore found The Climate Project, an international program that has trained thousands in the U. S. and abroad to become effective messengers about the climate crisis.

Neel is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in the U. S. presidency and presidential transitions.   He serves as a visiting lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He has been a sportswriter, aerial photographer, and served in the U. S. Navy as a journalist with a tour in Vietnam.

Neel is author of a the political thriller, The Electors and hosts FED UP!, a weekly podcast with journalist Eleanor Clift .


This event is made possible in partnership with Park Road Books.