Please join us on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:00pm for a book signing and reading with Bill Lascher, Salt ’02, for his book Eve of a Hundred Midnights. This event takes place at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine, in the PhotoLab, located in the Lower Level of the Porteous Building. Free and open to the public.
Eve of a Hundred Midnights tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents’ island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the fall of Manila. The book 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. Bill Lascher, a relative of Jacoby’s and a 2002 graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, 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.