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Book Discussion: The Circus Fire by Stewart O’Nan

Date September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
237 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601 United States

Join us for a book discussion (including complimentary circus-themed snacks) on “The Circus Fire: A True Story of An American Tragedy” by Stewart O’Nan.

Register must be completed in advance online. Space is limited to 18. A book will be made available for the 18 participants that are registered online in advance. You will receive a call when your book is ready for pick up.

The acclaimed author of “Emily, Alone” and “Henry, Himself” brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism—the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.

It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives.

Stewart O’Nan brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O’Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the perilous effort to maneuver animals out of danger; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, “The Circus Fire” is history at its most compelling.

Registration Required.

Details

Date:
September 24
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Website:
https://events.wlnonline.org/eventsignup.asp?ID=36840

Venue

Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
237 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601 United States
Phone
724-837-5620

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Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
Phone
724-837-5620
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