Upper Arlington News

Author will discuss U.S., British World War II ties


Bestselling author and former journalist Lynne Olson will discuss the World War II ties between the United States and Britain during two events next month in Upper Arlington.

On April 27, Olson will discuss her research and nonfiction writing about World War II during two presentations at the Upper Arlington Public Library's (UAPL) Main Branch titled, "Racing Against Time: Roosevelt, Churchill and the fight to save Britain in World War II."

Those presentations will take place at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $10, and tickets can be purchased for the limited-seating sessions by calling the library at 614-486-9621 or ordering online at www.ualibrary.org.

In addition, Olson will speak from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 27 at a fundraising reception at the Upper Arlington home of Greg and Robin Comfort. That event will feature catering donated by National Church Residences.

Tickets for the fundraising reception cost $25 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling the library or ordering via the library's website.

Both the library programs and the reception are part of an annual partnership among the UAPL, the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library and the Upper Arlington Rotary Club.

This is the third year in which the groups have brought a renowned author to the community; proceeds from the library presentations and the reception will go to the Ann Royce Moore Fund, which supports bringing well-known authors to Upper Arlington.

"This is sort of a signature event for the community," said Jennifer Faure, UAPL community engagement specialist. "We want to meet as many of the community's interests as we can.

"When we're thinking about nonfiction, we know that historical nonfiction has some more general appeal," she said. "World War II is generally of interest to anyone who enjoys history."

Olson has written six nonfiction books, including four on WWII.

Last year, she released Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941.

Additionally, Olson spent seven years with the Associated Press and has worked as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in the AP's Moscow bureau and a political reporter in Washington, D.C.

She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and the White House.

She also taught journalism for five years as an assistant professor at American University in Washington.

"Her background is extremely interesting," Faure said. "In general, she writes about World War II and the relationship between the United States and England."

During each of Olson's library appearances, she is expected to provide a 45-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

Her books, which the author will sign, will be available for sale at the events.

"We have plenty of copies of her book available for checkout if people would like to read her before they come to the event," Faure said.

Faure described the fundraising reception as a "more comfortable atmosphere, with the opportunity to speak with the author."

Additional information about Olson's visit is available at the library's website; information about Olson and her writing is online at www.lynneolson.com.