The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice.
Please join us as we welcome KATE MOORE, the author of "Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women" who is coming from England to do a U.S. promotional tour of the paperback version of her non-fiction bestseller. Moore is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author; in 2015, she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called These Shining Lives.
As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these shining girls were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights.
Bookclubs are encouraged to attend. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The book is $19.13 with tax (paperback).Cash, all major credit cards, and checks made payable to Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore (with phone number somewhere on check) are accepted.
Registration required. Please register online at www.cheshirelibrary.org or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.This program is funded by the Friends of Cheshire Public Library.