Aug 7 • 1HR 0M

Buzzy Jackson, TO DIE BEAUTIFUL & A Story from Province of the Heart

An anti-fascist fighter from an old war inspires a novel with lessons for today.

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Francesca Rheannon
Writer's Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer's Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.
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Buzzy Jackson tells us the story of the Dutch anti-Nazi saboteur, Hannie Schaft and the lessons it holds for us as we confront fascism today. Her novel based on true events is To Die Beautiful. Then Francesca reads a short excerpt from her own father’s story of resistance in the same war.

And as I was writing the book, it was right around the time when the Trump administration began locking families in cages on the Mexican border and separating parents from their children.

And I was so horrified by this, not only because of the obvious human rights issues, but also because it was so similar to what I was researching in this book about the rise of fascism in Europe and specifically the Nazis. — Buzzy Jackson

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