Luke Russert Book Launch at Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub


Join us as we host Luke Russert, launching his new memoir, Look for Me There at the Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub, and celebrate the birthday of his father, famed journalist and Buffalo native Tim Russert.

Luke will talk about and read from the book prior to an autographing session. There is no admission charge, and refreshments will be available.

We strongly encourage pre-registration and pre-ordering so we can anticipate attendance.

Blackthorn Pub will provide a free pint to attendees who have pre-ordered the book from Talking Leaves prior to the release date.

Talking Leaves will donate a portion of sales to the GoFundMe for the family of fallen Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno, and, at Luke's request, will accept in-person donations to the Jason Arno fund on-site.

We will have books for sale at the event. We highly recommend purchase of the book from Talking Leaves, as an act of respect and support for the author, his publisher, the venue, and the bookselling host.

Books can be shipped nationwide. Signed books will be shipped following the launch.

Order your book HERE       Please register for this event HERE 

“Look for me there,” news legend Tim Russert would tell his son, Luke, when confirming a pickup spot at an airport, sporting event, or rock concert. After Tim died unexpectedly, Luke kept looking for his father, following in Tim’s footsteps and carving out a highly successful career at NBC News. After eight years covering politics on television, Luke realized he had no good answer as to why he was chasing his father’s legacy. As the son of two accomplished parents—his mother is journalist Maureen Orth of Vanity Fair—Luke felt the pressure of high expectations but suddenly decided to leave the familiar path behind.

Instead, Luke set out on his own to find answers. "I reached a crossroads in my early thirties where I felt empty and unfulfilled. I wanted to know—why? So I set out into the world, hoping to feel something. The reward of travel was that it made me much more aware of my surroundings — the beauty of nature, the weight of history and the common good of the larger human family." What began as several open-ended months of travel to decompress and reassess morphed into a three-plus-year odyssey across six continents to see the world and, ultimately, to find himself.

Chronicling the important lessons and historical understandings Luke discovered from his travels, Luke’s new memoir Look for Me There is both the vivid narrative of that journey and the emotional story of a young man taking charge of his life, reexamining his relationship with his parents, and finally grieving his larger-than-life father, who died too young. For anyone uncertain about the direction of their life or unsure of how to move forward after a loss, Look for Me There is a poignant reflection that offers encouragement to examine our choices, take risks, and discover our truest selves.


Event date: 
Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub
2134 Seneca St
Buffalo, NY 14210
Look for Me There: Grieving My Father, Finding Myself By Luke Russert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780785291817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Horizon - May 2nd, 2023