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Yakima Valley Libraries host community book club, event series

YAKIMA VALLEY, Wash. - Yakima Valley Libraries are hosting a community-wide book club for the historical fiction bestseller "The Only Woman in the Room" by Marie Benedict.

The book centers on the life of 1940s film star Hedy Lamarr, known at the time as, “the most beautiful woman in film.”

Programming and Marketing Librarian Krystal Corbray says the novel goes deeper into Lamarr’s life than the films she’s most remembered for. 
 
“Lamarr capitalized on her beauty, while also quietly leveraging her intelligence and skill as a scientist,” a library news release said. 
 
Corbray says that Lamarr co-invented a radio system used by the Allies of World War II. The system paved the way for the invention of Bluetooth technology, the release said. 
 
"It prevented torpedo attacks on some of our submarines,” Corbray said.  “There's this whole other aspect of her life that Marie Benedict uncovered in this book.”
 
From now until November 7,  libraries will host book discussions, film screenings and guest speakers  — all focused on topics and themes from the book.
 
Free copies of the book — to keep — are available at all library locations in the Yakima Valley, but Corbray says supplies are limited.
 
The keynote event will feature a free talk, audience Q&A and book signing with author Marie Benedict at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at The Seasons Performance Hall , 101 N. Naches Ave. in Yakima. 
 
Other events include:

Sat., Oct. 5 

  • Film screening of “Come Live with Me” — 11 a.m. at the Yakima Central Library, 102 N. Third St. 

Sat., Oct. 12

  • Film screening of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” — 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Library, 621 Grant Ave. 

Wed., Oct. 16

  • Book discussion — 6:30 p.m. at the West Valley Community Library, 223 S. 72nd Ave.

Sun., Oct. 20

  • Film screening of “Comrade X” — 2 p.m. at the Yakima Central Library, 102 N. Third St. 
  • Book discussion — 2 p.m. at the West Valley Community Library, 223 S. 72nd Ave.​​​​​​​.

Tues., Oct. 22

  • Book discussion — 5:30 p.m. at the Naches Community Library, 303 Naches Ave.

Wed., Oct. 23

  • Book discussion — 2 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Library, 621 Grant Ave.
  • “The Most Beautiful Inventor in Film” exploration and discussion by Central Washington University  Film Studies professors Maria Sanders and Melissa Johnson. The talk will focus on the legacy of Hedy Lamarr as an actress, film producer and inventor in mid-century Hollywood — 6 p.m. at Yakima Central Library, 102 N. Third St. 

Sat., Oct. 26

  • Film screening of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” — 2 p.m. at the West Valley Community Library, 223 S. 72nd Ave.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Tues., Oct. 29

  • “Hollywood & the Home Front: Tinseltown's Contributions to WWII” presentation by audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen’s presentation. Event will focus on the influence of Hollywood during World War II, including  film, radio and TV clips from the era. — 5:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Library, 621 Grant Ave. 

Wed., Oct. 30

  • “Hollywood & the Home Front: Tinseltown's Contributions to WWII” presentation by audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen’s presentation. Event will focus on the influence of Hollywood during World War II, including  film, radio and TV clips from the era. — 6 p.m. at the West Valley Community Library, 223 S. 72nd Ave.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Sat., Nov. 2

  • Film screening of “Boom Town” — 11 a.m. at the Yakima Central Library, 102 N. Third St. 

 Wed., Nov. 6

  • Book discussion — 6 p.m. at the Selah Community Library,  106 S. Second St.

Thurs. Nov. 7

  • The keynote event will feature a free talk, audience Q&A and book signing with author Marie Benedict. — 6:30 p.m. at The Seasons Performance Hall , 101 N. Naches Ave. 

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