Bestselling author Edward Ball is making a stop in Charleston on Feb. 7 to discuss his new book, The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Motion Pictures.

The Savannah native, who now teaches at Yale, is best known for his National Book Award-winning Slaves in the Family, an investigation of generations of slave ownership in his South Carolina family. Ball also wrote The Sweet Hell Inside, about a prominent African American family in Charleston, and The Genetic Strand, which looked at his family’s ancestry based on DNA samples.

Ball’s latest book explores the relationship between photographer Eadwaerd Muybridge and railroad tycoon Leland Stanford.

The free event will take place at the College of Charleston’s School of Sciences and Mathematics Auditorium at 202 Calhoun St. at 6 p.m. Find out more at

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