Attendees at the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Conference will have the chance to meet aviation authors in person to purchase their books and have them autographed. Each author will have a specific time period to be showcased.
The authors that will be featured at this year’s conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort from Feb. 25-27 include:
- Susan Butler, author of “East to the Dawn,” which chronicles the life of Amelia Earhart and was the inspiration for the major motion picture “Amelia”;
- Ann Cooper, a well-known aviation biographer and author of “Stars of the Sky,” which contains 50 biographies of women pilots, which was published in conjunction with Women in Aviation, International.
- CarolAnn Garratt, author of “Upon Silver Wings II World-Record Adventure,” which documents a flight that Garratt took with Carol Foy to break a world record and raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The pair circumnavigated the globe in seven days in a Mooney.
- Bernice Haydu, author and subject of “WASP Letters Home 1944-1945.” During training and active duty, she wrote home on a regular basis giving detailed descriptions of her life in the Air Force. She continued describing the many other flying experiences she had as a civilian pilot.
- Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of General Jimmy Doolittle. Her book “Just Doing My Job” was published in May 2009 and preserves the personal histories of ordinary citizens who left jobs and families behind to contribute to the war effort. Previously Hoppes wrote a biography of her grandfather called “Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle.”
- Sue Hughes, a pilot and flight instructor who launched a series of children’s books about flying, including “Claire Bear Presents the Pilot Alphabet” and “Claire Bear’s First Solo.”
- Sarah Rickman, an authority on the WASP and author of “The Originals” (2001); “Flight from Fear” (2002); “Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II” (2008); and her most recent book, “Nancy Batson Crews: Alabama’s First Lady of Flight.”
For more information: 937-839-4647 or WAI.org.