Keith O'Brien will Present his New Hardcover ~ Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Keith O'Brien will Present his New Hardcover Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Keith O'Brien is an Award-Winning Journalist, a former Reporter for The Boston Globe, a regular Contributor to National Public Radio and Politico, and a critically acclaimed Author of Books about dreams, Americana, and where the two meet.  He has written for The New York Times Magazine and reported stories for This American Life.  He was a 2017 finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.  He lives in New Hampshire.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s -- and won.

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit.

Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. O'Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high-school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men -- and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

Fly Girls, like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City celebrates a little-known slice of history wherein tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM

NEW EVENT LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

EVENT FORMAT:  Keith O'Brien will Present his New Hardcover Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required online through Eventbrite.  Rainy Day Books will have Keith O'Brien’s Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

You can Order Books In-Store at our Sales & Service Counter, or Call us at 913-384-3126 to place a Phone Order during our Normal Business Hours.

Please Note that the Publication & Sale Date for Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History is Tuesday, August 07, 2018.  Your Order will be available for In-Store Pick-Up or Shipment on or after that Date.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
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