This Tuesday, May 2, bestselling author Kate Moore will be at Wilton Library for a Q&A and talk about her new book, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women. The program is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m..

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. These ‘shining girls’ are the luckiest alive–until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the ‘wonder’ substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

London-based Moore is a Sunday Times bestselling writer with more than a decade’s experience in writing across varying genres, including memoir, biography and history. She was the director of the critically acclaimed play about The Radium Girls called These Shining Lives.

There will be a Q&A following the talk. There is no charge to attend but registration highly recommended. Interested attendees can register online or call 203.762.6334. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..