Future Book Talks

EXHIBITION-RELATED BOOK TALK WITH ROSEMARY THORNTON
Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join author Rosemary Thornton as she discusses her new book, Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City. If you've never heard of Penniman, you're not alone. It's a lost chapter of Virginia history. Located on the York River between Williamsburg and Yorktown, Penniman was the site of a DuPont munitions plant that produced artillery shells for World War I in 1918. At its peak, it had 15,000 inhabitants, many of whom lived in newly built Sears Modern Homes, catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck, and Company. The predominantly female workforce loaded TNT into 2.8 million shells. When the war ended, so did the town.

Within the pages of this fascinating story, you'll learn about:
• German espionage at Penniman
• Why the Great Atlantic Fleet remained anchored in the York River–at the town's front door
• Why 90 percent of plant's shell-loaders were female
• What happened to Penniman's houses

A book signing follows the talk. This event complements the Library's exhibition True Sons of Freedom. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is media sponsor for our book talks. Additional funding provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON
World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Caroline Preston will discuss her new novel, The War Bride's Scrapbook, which is presented in the unique form of a World War II scrapbook. The novel tells the story of Lila Jerome, who impetuously marries a soldier a week before he ships out to the European front. In a kaleidoscope of letters and drawings, Lila redefines her life and come to terms with a new marriage separated by an ocean and war. Preston will also show examples from the Library's vast collection WWII-era scrapbooks. You are invited to bring in your own family scrapbooks and WWII records. After the talk, Preston will give advice on how to preserve old scrapbooks and how to reproduce them for future generations. Media sponsor: The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Funding is provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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