Jonathan Putnam at Bar Chinchilla

Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with us as the author discusses his books.

Book + Bottle is a new bookstore | wine bar concept coming to downtown St. Petersburg this March. Owned by Harvard Divinity School graduate, Book + Bottle will be a place where you can shop for a new book, have a glass (or a bottle!) of wine, grab a coffee and a snack, or hang out with your friends at the bar. 

In advance of Book + Bottle’s impending opening, they’re hosting author Jonathan Putnam at a neighboring bar, Bar Chinchilla, to promote his new book, A House Divided at their first “Read Between the Wines” event.

Jonathan Putnam is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School as well as a well regarded trial lawyer with the firm Kirkland & Ellis. Putnam studied Abraham Lincoln and has now written a mystery series with Lincoln and his friend Joshua Speed as the main characters. 

Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with us as the author discusses his books. There will be a Q&A and book signing, too. Light bites will be provided and wine and beer will be available for purchase at the bar.  Book + Bottle will have copies of Putnam’s book for sale so you can get them signed by the author while you’re there.

No tickets required, but purchases of wine and books are appreciated. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12th, from 6 - 8 PM.

Location: Bar Chinchilla, 439 1st Avenue North in St. Petersburg




About Author Jonathan Putnam

Jonathan Putnam is a writer and attorney.  His books in the Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series, published by Crooked Lane Books in New York, include A House Divided (July 2019), Final Resting Place (2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016).  The books have been optioned for the screen, and Variety magazine has reported that a major TV series is in the works.

Jonathan’s Lincoln and Speed Mystery series has been a critical and commercial success.  Book Reporter called the series “historical fiction at its finest,” while Suspense Magazine wrote that, “Putnam has done a great job of bringing the famous man alive … in this truly cool series.” Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin said: “Splendid … one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time.”  Historical Novels Review called These Honored Dead “wonderful historical fiction” and Perish from the Earth “well-plotted, compelling and exceptional.” Publishers Weekly praised These Honored Dead in a starred review.  Shelf Pleasures called Perish from the Earth, “One of the best books I have read in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough… I’m certain you will be captivated by its raw and honest look at this part of American history and by the beauty of the language used to portray the people, both real and imaginary.”

Jonathan is also a nationally known trial lawyer.  He was an equity partner at the New York City office of the leading international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a firm he has been associated with since 1993.  He specializes in representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, often disputes involving intellectual property such as patents or trademarks.  He has been the lead trial counsel in over a dozen trials, conducted around the country in front of juries, judges and professional arbitrators. His work as a lawyer has often been recognized by national legal publications, including The American Lawyer magazine, which named him one of the top 50 trial lawyers nationwide under the age of 45.  He has also served in a number of leadership capacities at Kirkland & Ellis, including serving as the firm-wide hiring partner. Jonathan continues to serve as of counsel at Kirkland.

Jonathan graduated from Harvard College in 1988 with honors with a degree in History and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992.  At Harvard Law School, he served on the Harvard Law Review and received the Fay Diploma for graduating first in his class. After graduation, he worked as a law clerk to a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. before joining Kirkland & Ellis.