Author of ‘The Astronaut Wives’ Club’ to speak at Wapakoneta Middle School


Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives’ Club”: 7:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Middle School, 400 W. Harrison St., Wapakoneta. Tickets $5.

WAPAKONETA — Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives’ Club,” will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Wapakoneta Middle School, 400 W. Harrison St., Wapakoneta.

Tickets are $5 at any library in the county, at Riverside Art Center, Wapakoneta Daily News and at the door.

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The 2019 Celebration Committee will host a presentation by Lily Koppel, author of the New York Times best seller of The Astronaut Wives’ Club, on Thursday, March 21, 7:30 pm, at Wapakoneta Middle School, West Harrison Street. The Astronaut Wives Club is the Community Read selection chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Tickets for Ms. Koppel’s appearance are $5 and available at any library in the county, as well as at Riverside Art Center and the Wapakoneta Daily News. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit activities for the Apollo 11 anniversary celebration.

Rachel Barber, co-chair of the 2019 Celebration Committee, states, “The Astronaut Wives Club provides a window into the fascinating yet little-known chapter of America’s space history: the lives of the families of the astronauts. We hope that everyone will plan on attending Ms. Koppel’s presentation.” Thanks to support from the St. Marys Community Foundation, Ms. Koppel will also speak to students at Memorial High School during Thursday assemblies.

About Lily Koppel

Born in 1981, Lily Koppel is a New York City-based author, best known for her books The Red Leather Diary (2008) and The Astronaut Wives Club (2013).

Koppel writes for The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Daily Beast, and Glamour, among other publications. She graduated from Barnard College in 2003 with a degree in English Literature and creative writing. Koppel began contributing reporting to The New York Times “Boldface Names” celebrity column in 2003.

She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

Koppel’s book The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal was published by HarperCollins on April 1, 2008. The book is about her discovery of a young woman’s diary, kept in New York in the 1930s, and its return to Florence Wolfson Howitt, its owner, at age 90. The diary was recovered from a steamer trunk found in a dumpster outside of Koppel’s apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The non-fiction book is based on Koppel’s New York Times City section cover story.

Her second book, The Astronaut Wives Club, was published by Grand Central Publishing on June 11, 2013.The book served as the basis for the ABC television series The Astronaut Wives Club, which premiered in June 2015.

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Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives’ Club”: 7:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Middle School, 400 W. Harrison St., Wapakoneta. Tickets $5.

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