On Sunday December 13th at 4pm, the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough, and Nashua will host Catherine Grace Katz, historian and writer, as she presents and discusses her rave-reviewed debut book The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War with author and historian Gioia Diliberto. This event, live and free on Zoom, will touch on the remarkable young women and their fathers who crafted the world as we know it in the early months of 1945, as well as Katz’ own work in telling their story. This book is a perfect holiday gift for the history buff and for fathers and daughters alike.
The Daughters of Yalta reveals the untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference's fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days. Kathleen Harriman was a champion skier, war correspondent, and daughter of U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt's only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother Eleanor to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father's most damaging secrets. Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to a post-war world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.
Catherine Grace Katz is a writer and historian from Chicago. She graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a BA in History and received her MPhil in Modern European History from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2014, where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of modern counterintelligence practices. After graduating, Catherine worked in finance in New York City before a very fortuitous visit to the bookstore in the lobby of her office in Manhattan led her to return to history and writing. She is currently pursuing her JD at Harvard Law School. The Daughters of Yalta is her first book.
Gioia Diliberto, named as one of Bustle’s “11 women in non-fiction who are totally killing it,” Gioia is the author of four biographies, two novels and a play. Her books, which center on the lives of women, have been translated into several languages. She has been praised for combining rich storytelling with deep research to bring alive worlds as varied as jazz age Paris and nineteenth century Chicago, Belle Epoque Paris, and disco era Manhattan. She is a journalist for various publications, including the New York Times, and she is also a visiting lecturer in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and DePaul and Northwestern universities. The mother of a grown son, Gioia lives with her husband in Chicago, where she is at work on her seventh book.