Discussion of "A Ritchie Boy" with Linda Kass

 Wednesday, August 11, 2021 
3:00pm-4:30pm  
Orchestra Hall

Did you see the 60 Minutes segment on the Ritchie Boys?

Join author Linda Kass as she shares her stories in writing about the Ritchie Boys. It has been a relatively unknown group of mostly Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria recruited by the US Army into Intelligence training because of their knowledge of the German language and culture, and who were responsible for more than half of the Intelligence gathered in Europe during WWII. The main character of Kass' novel is a young immigrant who journeys from Europe to America, and from boyhood to manhood, who serves as a Ritchie Boy during WWII. A Ritchie Boy received the 2021 Gold Medal in Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a Winner in the War & Military category for Foreword INDIES 2020 Book Awards.

Linda Kass, Author

Linda is a writer living in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, the city where her parents, both immigrants, met, married, and settled soon after World War II.Her first novel, Tasa’s Song (2016) was informed and inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland. A Ritchie Boy, released in September 2020, was sparked by her father’s role as one of thousands of young, mostly Jewish, immigrants who serve our country on the European front as Intelligence officers in World War II.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and with a Master’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University, Linda began her career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications. Her work has previously appeared in TIME, The Detroit Free Press, Columbus Monthly, Full Grown People, The MacGuffin, Jewish Literary Journal, and Kenyon Review Online. She's also worked as a magazine writing instructor at Wayne State University while briefly living in Detroit, and a corporate communications and public affairs executive within the cable television and broadcasting industries in New York City. She co-authored a nonfiction book in 1992 and, for many years, authored guest columns focused on education for Columbus Business First.

Linda has been a longtime advocate of education, literacy and the arts in Central Ohio and has led a number of civic and community organizations and served on their boards over the past several decades. She currently serves on the boards of Kenyon Review and Ohio State University Foundation, is an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Trillium, a regional imprint of The Ohio State University Press. Her full time attention, however, besides working on her third novel, is as the founding owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore now in its fifth year and located in the heart of a first-ring suburb of Columbus, Ohio called Bexley. Along with overseeing the overall direction for the bookstore, Linda runs its active book-related events programming.

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