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The Race For Paris

September 2016 book selection

The Race For Paris

by Meg Waite Clayton

September 7, 2016 | Vicki Lorini

We, at CapRadio, are extremely proud of our Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Edward R. Murrow was a leading journalist for many years, but his voice during World War II inspired many.  He gained fame in 1938, when Hitler annexed Austria, and he continued reporting both in Europe and the US throughout the war.  He assembled a team of reporters who were known as "The Murrow Boys".  

It seems so fitting that we are getting ready to welcome author Meg Waite Clayton, who has written about two fictional war reporters, this time women.  The stories of these women, who were racing to Paris to be there when the City of Light was liberated are as thrilling and real as the reports put out by Mr. Murrow and his team.  How wonderful that we will tie it all together in our Community Room on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm.  

Come join us, and while you're here, be sure and take a look at the Murrow awards in the case in our lobby.  See you soon.

August 31, 2016 | Vicki Lorini

Meg Waite Clayton's The Race For Paris is full of "Girl Power". Clayton, who will be joining us for our September CapRadio Reads author event, writes women well.  Her books The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters both had wonderful strong and interesting women characters.  In them, Clayton writes of romance, lifelong friendship, family and strong emotional ties.  

In her new book, The Race For Paris, she continues to use women's lives, and this time, their careers, to further her story.  We see two women journalists, at great personal peril, hurtling toward Paris to report on one of the biggest stories of the 20th century, the Liberation of Paris.

Along the way, there are more stories to live through, and more tangled emotions to crawl through.  All of this goes into the making of a terrific story, which I'm certain you will enjoy.  

I'm equally certain you will enjoy meeting Ms. Clayton and hearing the details of her research and travels that came together to make this book.  Please join us on Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm and get the full scoop!

Cheers!

August 24, 2016

There are so many interesting books and stories about World War II that sometimes it is difficult to decide which ones to read.  Of course, there were the books written at the time, and certainly Winston Churchill's come to mind first.  Since the end of WWII, so many writers have chosen the war as their subject to write both fiction and non fiction.  Many are very well done. Some are fiercely accurate accounts, and some are stories, written more for entertainment than accuracy, but still enjoyable.  

Our September author Meg Waite Clayton has managed to tell an incredibly entertaining story, while through intensive research, keeping to the facts in a most dedicated manner.  Her story of the women journalists who went through hell to get to where the story was, is a fantastic read as well as a seldom told story.  

Please join us and hear the rest of the story when she and Donna Apidone appear "in conversation" in our Community Room.  Make your reservations early. We will serve our usual lovely appetizers and wine, Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm. 

Cheers!

August 17, 2016 | Vicki Lorini

Martha Gellhorn and Helen Kirkpatrick were among the more famous female reporters who covered World War II, but there were many,  British, French and American, who, against all odds, got their stories to the waiting public.  

Gellhorn managed to sneak aboard a ship, and then actually made it to the beaches of Normandy for her story.  That is more than could be said for the very macho Ernest Hemingway.  The stories of these brave, audacious female writers and photographers have inspired and informed Meg Waite Clayton's newest novel The Race For Paris.  

She will be with us "in conversation" with our own intrepid journalist Donna Apidone on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm. Don't miss this one.  It will be fascinating and inspiring. 

See you there!

August 9, 2016 | Vicki Lorini

In September, we move from lovely Belgravia in London to war torn Europe.  We are so pleased to be welcoming Meg Waite Clayton who will be in conversation with Donna Apidone about her latest book The Race For Paris.  

Ms. Clayton is the author of many wonderful books including The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters.  The Race For Paris is clear a departure for her. This is a historical novel as well as a story of friendship and love.  

The narrator, Jane Tyler, meets Olivia Harper in a field hospital in France in June 1944. They are both journalists there to cover the war, but facing huge obstacles trying to get over the sexist barriers, which would allow them to cover the action.  How they accomplish their jobs is the basis of this wonderful, action filled and beautiful story.

Please join us to learn about the book as well as the lives of female journalists during this time. We will see you on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm.  

Cheers!

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