Man Behind a Hollywood Movie to Speak in Charleston

A Washington Post reporter whose story about a White House butler led to a Hollywood movie, will kick off a speaker series today at the University of Charleston. Wil Haygood will host a book signing from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. at Riggleman Hall in Charleston tonight. Haygood wrote a 2008 article for the Washington Post about the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who served eight presidents. Allen is the subject of "Lee Daniels' The Butler.'' North American ticket sales for the Weinstein Co. film surpassed $100 million this month. Haygood's worked for The Charleston Gazette in the 1980's.