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Author lunch! with Kate Moore - The Radium Girls

Join us on Thursday, March 22nd
at 12:30 pm
for a special occasion!

Lunch with Kate Moore, author of
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

"The glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."―NPR Books

The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

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. The factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

"The Radium Girls were so contaminated that if you stood over their graves today with a Geiger counter, the radiation levels would still cause the needles to jump more than 80 years later." - Vanessa Grall

KATE MOORE is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls. A British writer based in London, she has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres, including history, biography, true crime, gift, and humor. She has written more than fifteen books, and her work has been translated into more than twelve languages.


Details of lunch TBA, but space will be limited and first-come-first-served,
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For more information on the Radium Girls, check out Kate Moore's fascinating longform article at Buzzfeed, her interview with NPR, and an interview in The Atlantic!
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492650959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

Event date: 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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