Conversations with Authors - Bill Petrocelli (Virtual Event)

Saturday, September 12th, 2021

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Joel Paul

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


Thanks everyone!

I want to thank Professor Joel Paul, the Extended Session team, the Book Passage team, and my wife, Elaine, for making this on-line program a success.

And I especially want to thank the more than 1,200 viewers who tuned in to watch the event. For me, this means much more than just potential book sales. Of course I’d be happy if you wanted to purchase
a copy of Electoral Bait & Switch, but I didn’t write the book just for the royalties. I deeply believe that the elimination of the Electoral College is a critical political, constitutional, and moral issue, and we need to move
on it as fast as possible. If you do no more than lobby your community groups and make you concerns clear to your Congressional Representatives in support of this change, that will make me happy,

There is more information about this issue on my website at I hope you’ll take a look at the somewhat cheeky “Twitter Quiz” I’ve been posting on my Twitter account. The entries are all there on my website at

Here are a few books I’ve been reading lately, and I recommend them all. When Time Stopped by Arianna Neuman is an astonishing memoir about a woman born in Venezuela who painstakingly chased down the
story of her father’s life after he died. She found out that he was a Czechoslovakian Jew who somehow managed to find his way to Berlin during World War II and hide in a chemical plant under the nose of the
Nazis. His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham is the poignant, uplifting story of Congressman John Lewis and this time. Meacham writes with wonderful, intimate detail and includes an Afterword that was written by Lewis himself just before his death. Isabel Wilkerson’s latest work is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, and it is the kind of book that people will be talking about for years. She looks at America’s race problem in a profound and enlightening way that is almost certain to make it into the national dialogue.

Thanks everyone for your support of my book and for your support of Book Passage.


Below, please find links to purchase books by Bill Petrocelli and Joel Paul, as well as Bill's recommended titles.




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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982106379
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - February 4th, 2020

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781984855022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Electoral Bait and Switch: How the Electoral College Hurts American Voters and What Can Be Done about It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633886582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prometheus Books - September 4th, 2020

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Through the Bookstore Window Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945572906
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

The Circle of Thirteen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781630268763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Turner - May 19th, 2015

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594484872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - November 2nd, 2010

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525533283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 19th, 2019