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Join Liz Booker, Literary Aviatrix, as she interviews authors of books featuring women in aviation from across genres, historical periods, and types of flying and be inspired by the courage, determination, and resilience of our sisters in the air. Liz is a retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot and writer, and host of the Aviatrix Book Club, Aviatrix Writers' Group, and Aviatrix Book Review website, where you'll find hundreds of books featuring women in aviation for all ages. While you're there, sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter. www.aviatrixbookreview.com Follow on social media @LiteraryAviatrix.

Aviatrix Book Review Literary Aviatrix

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Join Liz Booker, Literary Aviatrix, as she interviews authors of books featuring women in aviation from across genres, historical periods, and types of flying and be inspired by the courage, determination, and resilience of our sisters in the air. Liz is a retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot and writer, and host of the Aviatrix Book Club, Aviatrix Writers' Group, and Aviatrix Book Review website, where you'll find hundreds of books featuring women in aviation for all ages. While you're there, sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter. www.aviatrixbookreview.com Follow on social media @LiteraryAviatrix.

    Origin Story - Aviatrix Book Club and ‘Literary Aviatrix’

    Origin Story - Aviatrix Book Club and ‘Literary Aviatrix’

    As a high school drop-out, I enlisted in the Coast Guard when I was 18, and was a mother, a pilot, and an O-4 before I finally decided what I was interested in studying. My experience interdicting Haitian and Cuban Migrants for over a decade made me want to understand the history and politics behind the policies I was enforcing. I finally earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science online with American Military University when I was 35 years old. The next year, the Coast Guard sent me to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to earn a Master’s in Public Administration.
    In this episode of the Aviatrix Book Review podcast, I talk about how that experience made me reflect on what I was truly passionate about, my circle of influence, and where I thought I could really effect change, and how all of that led me to the Aviatrix Book Club and ‘Literary Aviatrix’. 
    I also share my vision for the future and express my deep gratitude to everyone who has brought their positive energy, participation, and encouragement to this project. I am so grateful for your support and friendship, and excited to connect with more of you in the future. 
    Shouts out to: all of our Aviatrix Writers and Aviatrix Book Club members; Women in Aviation, International; Aviation for Women Magazine editor, Kelly Murphy; A Chick in the Cockpit’s Erika Armstrong; and Shaesta Waiz and Michael Wildes of the Women Soar Group. 
     Links to everything: https://linktr.ee/literaryaviatrix

    • 36 min
    Aviatrix Book Club September 2022 - Mary S. Lovell

    Aviatrix Book Club September 2022 - Mary S. Lovell

    On the evening of September 4th, 1936 (the same year as the Bendix Air Race, highlighted in last month’s Aviatrix Book Club discussion book, Fly Girls, by Keith O’Brien), Beryl Markham took off from Abingdon, England to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo in an aircraft “the hard way” – from West to East. 
    Equestrienne, sailor, pilot, and best-selling author, Mary Lovell, has published ten books, two of which are about pioneering women pilots. Her biography The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart, was the basis for the 2009 movie, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Her book Straight on Till Morning: The Life of Beryl Markham, which is the Aviatrix Book Club discussion book for September 2022, spent twelve weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Beryl Markham’s memoir, West with the Night, is a gorgeously written account of her childhood in Africa as the daughter of a racehorse trainer who roamed the bush barefoot with a spear in her hand and follows her into adulthood when she became a well-respected racehorse trainer in her own right, and a skilled pioneering pilot flying as a safari spotter in the 1930s. It ends with a gripping account of her record-setting flight. She reveals very little in that book about her human relationships, though. Straight on Till Morning fills in the very public and scandalous gaps, along with some of her more private forays, in addition to clearing up controversy over whether Markham, in fact, penned her own book. Hers is a fascinating story of an adventurous free spirit, which is well-told in great detail, with meticulous attribution by the author, who you can find at her website, www.lovellbiographies.com.

    To stay up to date on books featuring women in aviation, sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter: https://literaryaviatrix.activehosted.com/f/1

    • 57 min
    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Mary S. Lovell

    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Mary S. Lovell

    Biographer Mary S. Lovell shares how she gathers the human stories she shares in the 10 books she's published about fascinating historical characters, including Beryl Markham and Amelia Earhart.

    To stay up to date on books featuring women in aviation, sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter: https://literaryaviatrix.activehosted.com/f/1

    • 16 min
    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Keith O'Brien

    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Keith O'Brien

    In this Aviatrix Writers’ Room discussion with award-winning journalist and NYT best-selling author, Keith O’Brien, he talks about writing and research for both historical biography and contemporary immersive narrative non-fiction, his writing life, and offers advice for aspiring and working writers.

    Find Keith at his website www.keithob.com.

    Sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter and stay up to date on Aviatrix Book Club discussion dates and times, book news and author events, and writers' workshops and events. 

    • 23 min
    Aviatrix Book Club August 2022 - Keith O'Brien

    Aviatrix Book Club August 2022 - Keith O'Brien

    In this interview with journalist and NYT best-selling author, Keith O’Brien, he shares how he was inspired to follow the trail through history to tell the stories of the women who competed in the 1936 Bendix Air Race. I was fascinated to learn about his treasure hunt to find the personal documents of the women he highlights and about why he told their tale against the backdrop of aviation history.

    You can find Keith at his website www.keithob.com.

    Sign up for the Literary Aviatrix Newsletter to stay up to date on Aviatrix Book Club discussion dates and times, new releases, and author events.

    • 52 min
    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Ann McCallum Staats

    Aviatrix Writers' Room - Ann McCallum Staats

    In this continuation of my interview with children's and young adult non-fiction author, Ann McCallum Staats, we talk more about her writing and publishing journey, and the process and craft of collecting biographical sketches for non-fiction work.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Just Another Day in Paradise! ,

High Flyers

Loved your interview with Ann McCallum Staats author of High Flyers. Can’t wait to read this book, it is packed with so many amazing aviatrices! Thanks for sharing!

Flywithmanou ,

Fantastic podcasts

I love the host and the guests are always so interesting. I love books, and I love that the episodes are for Women in aviation, that write books!

Hag School Attendee ,

Inspiring, informative, and fun.

Liz is never short on a wide variety of aviation topics. All inspires my writing and expands my aviation community horizons.

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