Lit Fest: Denise Kiernan

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Author Denise Kiernan
Date: October 8
Place: Alvernia University, Francis Hall Theater
Time: Wine & Cheese Reception 4:30-5:30 p.m. Lecture 6 p.m.

Denise Kiernan is the New York Times Bestselling author of "The Girls of Atomic City" (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), the true story of young women living in a secret government city during World War II while unknowingly working on the first atomic bomb.

Kiernan will take the audience back in time, into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhattan Project raced to harness nuclear power.

Kiernan has been working as a writer for more than 15 years, covering a variety of topics. She has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Saveur and many more national publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and has produced for places such as ESPN and MSNBC as well as independent productions. She has authored several popular titles, including "Signing Their Lives Away," "Signing Their Rights Away" and "Stuff Every American Should Know" (Quirk Books).

As an author, Kiernan has been a featured guest on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "PBS NewsHour," "NPR Weekend Edition," "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, "The Takeaway" on WNYC, "The Cycle" on MSNBC and many other print and radio outlets.

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Start Date: 10/8/2014 4:30 pm
End Date: 10/8/2014 8:00 pm
Location: Francis Hall Theater
Price: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor: Literary Festival
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