Please join us as we welcome award-winning British author Kate Moore as she talks about her newest book, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
About the Book: The incredible true story of the women who worked in the factories that manufactured products using radium. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element radium shone bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covered their bodies from head to toe; they lit up the night like industrious fireflies. With such coveted jobs, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive -- until they began to fall mysteriously ill.
But the factories that once offered golden opportunities were now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium took hold, the brave shining girls found themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that would 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...
About the Author: 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 15 books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.