Thu April 28, 2011
"Genius, Madness, Murder and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On StudioTulsa today, we welcome author and veteran magazine editor James Mauro, who drops by to tell us about his highly engrossing book, first published last year, called "Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War." This work will be featured at a Book Smart Tulsa reading/signing that happens tonight (Thursday the 28th) at the Philbrook Museum of Art, beginning at 6:30pm. It's an event that's being presented in connection with Philbrook's wonderful "American Streamlined Design" exhibit, which closes on May 15th. Mauro's in-depth account of the 1939-1940 World's Fair is --- as was noted in a starred review in Kirkus --- fully seasoned "with tales of visiting presidents, kings, queens, politicians, sports heroes, and movie stars. . . . [Mauro] wonderfully elaborates on the fair's movers and shakers. . . . [This book] will likely appeal to fans of Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City.' . . . A delightful time capsule, skillfully unpacked." (For more about tonight's event at Philbrook, please go to http://philbrook.org/education/classes/classschedule.cfm?id=613.)