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Library's Bag Lunch Art Series 'Hall Of Mirrors' Begins Feb. 18


February 13, 2020

The 2020 Bag Lunch Arts Series continues in February with “Hall of Mirrors: Virginia Hall – America’s Greatest Spy of WWII.” The program begins at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library and is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Few Americans know our country’s first and greatest spy of the Second World War was a disabled woman from Baltimore named Virginia Hall.

Hall became the Allies’ first agent to live and spy on the Nazis behind the lines in Vichy France. In the winter of 1942, Hall was betrayed by one of her agents and as Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie closed in, she made a harrowing escape over the snow-capped Pyrenees, dragging her prosthetic limb behind her arriving safely in Spain. She then ignored the dangers – certain capture, horrible torture, a painful death – and returned to France with the new American spy organization, the OSS, on the eve of the D-Day invasion.

Craig Gralley, a former senior officer of the CIA, will discuss his recently published book, “Hall of Mirrors,” which is based on the true story of Virginia Hall. “Hall of Mirrors” has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in the Washington Post, CNN and other national media. The book took six years to research and write and includes material from the archives of his former employer, the CIA. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the program.

This program continues a year-long look at women as part of the library’s centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The Bag Lunch Arts Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Transylvania County Library. Proceeds from Friends’ memberships and from book room sales help pay for all of the programming at the library. There is never a charge to attend programs and the public is invited to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy during this presentation. For more information, call 884-3151.


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