AUTHORS KATE MOORE AND MEGAN E. BRYANT TO DISCUSS RADIUM GIRLS
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (February 26, 2018) – Bookmarks is proud to present New York Times international bestselling author Kate Moore in conversation with Winston-Salem based, award-winning author Megan E. Bryant on Tuesday, March 13 in the Elberson Fine Arts Center at Salem College at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored with Salem College Office of Cultural Events. Moore and Bryant will discuss the “Radium Girls,” a group of American women from the Roaring Twenties who were poisoned by the radium paint they worked with and courageously fought for justice. The program is free and open to the public and is appropriate for ages 12+. Books will be available on-site by Bookmarks with a signing to follow.
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure and “luminous” watches were the latest rage—until the girls who painted those watches began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore is a nonfiction account of the struggle of these courageous women as they fought to have their day in court, ultimately making history with a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights. Megan E. Bryant’s book Glow is a young adult novel that also sheds light on this dark time in history.
Moore is an author of more than 15 books with a decade’s experience writing and ghostwriting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. Her work has been published in national newspapers, translated into more than 12 languages, used in national advertising campaigns, and performed at the South Bank Centre in London. In 2015, Moore directed a critically acclaimed play about the radium girls called These Shining Lives. The Radium Girls is the first-ever narrative nonfiction account of these women. Moore lives in the United Kingdom and will be on a brief tour of the United States for this event.
Bryant started as a children’s book editor. In 2006, she made the transition to full-time writing with a focus on children and young adults. She has written hundreds of storybooks, chapter books, easy readers, and board books. In Bryant’s debut young adult novel, she moves between two periods of history. Glow tells the story of Lydia, a young woman who begins a job at a watch-painting factory during World War I, and Julie, a modern-day teen who discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images only visible in the dark. As Julie’s obsession with the mysterious paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed.
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. The programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas to be held September 6-9, 2018; an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 9,000 students annually; and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore that opened July 8, 2017. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.