Books-A-Million’s Virtual Event with Author John Archibald Invites a Deep Dive into “Shaking the Gates of Hell”

The live virtual event set for March 9 includes an enriching Q&A with journalist John Archibald about his debut memoir, available for pre-order now at Books-A-Million.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BooksAMillion–Books-A-Million is proud to announce a live virtual event with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist John Archibald on March 9, the release date of his debut memoir, “Shaking the Gates of Hell.”

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. CT and is open to ticketed guests for a $34 registration fee, which includes a signed copy of Mr. Archibald’s book. Participants will enjoy a live Q&A with the award-winning author. Moderated by Alabama icon Wayne Flynt and Reckon Interview team members John Hammontree and Ryan Nave and hosted by Books-A-Million and, this virtual event promises an insightful exploration of a book that asks a complicated question: Can one remain silent in the face of discrimination and still be a good person?

“This book takes an unflinching look at the sometimes blurry line between silence and culpability in the face of injustice, and how one can overcome a history of silence to become an instrument of change,” said Books-A-Million CEO Terrance G. Finley of Mr. Archibald’s powerful memoir.

Mr. Archibald wrote in a recent Books-A-Million blog post: “We all have pulpits. Big, small, religious or otherwise. … If you don’t use all the power of your pulpit to speak against discrimination and racism and evil in all the forms that surround you, can you lay claim to goodness?”

Guests can register for the virtual event online at


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