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Novelist Francine Mathews Oct. 3

September 30, 2013

'Jack 1939' is 'an involving novel that explores what might have happened when a young Jack Kennedy is let loose in Europe as the world careens toward war.' [Book Reporter] Meet the author of 'Jack 39,' a contemporary thriller that she wrote under her pseudo name, Francine Mathews.

Thursday, October 3
7-9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect

Free author evening series

Francine Mathews, author of Jack 1939, will speak on Thursday, October 3 as part of the free author evenings series sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries, and  the Poudre River Friends of the Library.

The event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing and sales will follow the program.

What if the young JFK was a spy?

In Mathews' latest novel, a young Jack Kennedy travels to Europe on a secret mission for Franklin Roosevelt.

It's the spring of 1939, and the prospect of war in Europe looms large. The United States has no intelligence service. In Washington, D.C., President Franklin Roosevelt may run for an unprecedented third term and needs someone he can trust to find out what the Nazis are up to. His choice -- John F. Kennedy.

Author Francine Mathews says the strongest influence in her writing life has been John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author. Image by Mrea Evans.It's a surprising selection. At twenty-two, Jack Kennedy is the attractive but unpromising second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Roosevelt's ambassador to Britain (and his occasional political adversary).

But when Jack decides to travel through Europe to gather research for his Harvard senior thesis, Roosevelt takes the opportunity to use him as his personal spy.

Roosevelt and the U.S. election

The president's goal is to stop the flow of German money that has been flooding the United States to buy the 1940 election—an election that Adolf Hitler wants Roosevelt to lose.

Blend of fact, fiction

In a deft mosaic of fact and fiction, Francine Mathews has written a gripping espionage tale that is a potent combination of history and storytelling. Jack 1939 is a sexy, entertaining read.

This program is part of a series of free author programs presented and sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by KUNC Radio, the Hilton Fort Collins, and the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund.