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.

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.

Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City, Fly Girls 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

EVENT LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas 66205

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 (ADMITS ONE or TWO):  $28.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Fly GirlsOne Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed). It;s your choice, for the same price. 

Admission Packages are available for purchase through the links below.  You can also Order 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 AND SALE DATE FOR THIS NEW BOOK IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018.  Your Order will be available for In-Store Pick-Up or Shipment on or after this 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 accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops
2706 W 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205
SKU: KeithOBrienADMIT2

ADMITS TWO: Includes One Hardcover of Fly Girls, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket.

SKU: KeithOBrienADMIT1

ADMIT ONE: Includes One Hardcover of Fly Girls, and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

SKU: A9781328876645

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien.

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