SMART BETS: Paul Reid

Former newspaper writer Paul Reid counted among his friends the historian and Pulitzer prize winner William Manchester. Manchester’s body of work included The Last Lion, a three-volume biography of Winston Churchill. When Manchester’s health failed, he called on Reid to complete the final volume, The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. It’s been hailed as brilliant and evocative. Reid will read from and sign copies of that book at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Jan. 5. 3 p.m., free. http://www.malaprops.com. Photo by Jeff Willhelm, The Charlotte Observer

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