Author Series – Kate Moore

Kate Moore Radium GirlsWEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, Fort Collins

KATE MOORE, author of The Radium Girls, will speak as part of the free author evening series sponsored by the Friends of Morgan Library and the Poudre River Friends of the Library.

This event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

The Radium Girls is the incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice.

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust.

With such a coveted job, these shining girls were considered the luckiest alive – until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of these extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

The Radium Girls spares us nothing of their suffering; though at times the foreshadowing reads more like a true-crime story, Moore is intent on making the reader viscerally understand the pain in which these young women were living, and through which they had to fight in order to get their problems recognized… The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed; the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.” – NPR

Now out in paperback, this evening is not to be missed.


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.

This program is part of a series of free author programs presented by and sponsored by the Friends of Morgan Library and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by the Liggett Family Endowment, KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins. Book sales in Fort Collins are by Old Firehouse Books.