Women in aviation author reading at Courtenay Library

Elizabeth Muir reads from her new book, Thursday, June 9.

Book cover

Join author and historian Elizabeth Muir at the Courtenay Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Muir will present two recent books about women in aviation, Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight, and Air-Crazy: Fascinating Stories about Canadian women in the Air.

The books tell the stories of how Canadian women broke through the sky-blue ceiling, first as passengers on planes, then as pilots and stewardesses, and finally as astronauts.

Both books include Maryse Carmichael, the first and only woman to head the Snowbirds. Muir’s books also tell the stories of West Coast aviation celebrities such as Olive Stark, an early Canadian female passenger; Alys McKey Bryant, the first woman to pilot a plane in Canada; “The Flying Seven,” women pilots who tried to enlist in the RCAF in the Second World War; and Elsie MacGill, the first woman in the world to invent a plane that flew.

Muir has a doctorate in history from McGill University. Her most recent publication is a history of a Toronto neighbourhood, Riverdale: East of the Don.

For more information about this reading, please contact the Courtenay Library at 250-334-3369 or email courtenay@virl.bc.ca

 

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