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Reading at Mindfair Books in Oberlin, OH

  • MindFair Books 13 W College St. Oberlin, OH 44074 United States (map)

Mindfair Books presents a talk by Bill Lascher, author of Eve of a Hundred Midnights.

The book tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents’ island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the fall of Manila. Lascher charts the career of Melville Jacoby, who covered China and the Philippines during World War II, and recounts how Mel’s love for China and journalism brought him into the orbit of MGM scriptwriter-turned-journalist Annalee Whitmore, who he married in Manila barely a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Lascher, a relative of Jacoby's and a 2002 Oberlin graduate, will discuss the book and how journalists like Mel and Annalee brought the oft-neglected conflict in China and the Philippines to U.S. audiences. Lascher will also discuss how he used archival sources from private and institutional collections to bring the Jacobys’ story to life.

Earlier Event: March 8
Book Signing and Reading
Later Event: March 14
Reading at the MacArthur Memorial