Nationally recognized author with local roots to speak September 13

Liz Mundy

Liz Mundy, author of Code Girls, will be guest speaker at the September 13 Author Event sponsored by Rappahannock Community College Friends of the Library.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1717 Hampton Hall Road, Callao.

Reservations must be received by noon September 6. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for others.

Registration forms are available at the RCC/Richmond County Library; or call 394-9660, or email Complete the registration form and mail it with a check to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 687, Warsaw, VA 22572. Make check payable to RCC Friends of the Library.

A New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Mundy is a granddaughter of the Stephens siblings who in the 1940s established the Tides Inn in Irvington. Mundy is a longtime reporter at the Washington Post and has contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones and Politico, reported Jane Kemper of the RCC Friends of the Library.

The book describes the achievements of the young women who served as code breakers for the U.S. Army and Navy during World War II from late 1941 until 1945. They cracked a crucial Japanese code, which gave the U.S. an acute advantage in the Battle of Midway and changed the course of the war in the Pacific Theater. They also helped create the false communications that caught the Germans flat-footed in the lead-up to the Normandy invasion. Their careful tracking of Japanese ships and German U-boats saved countless American and British sailors’ lives.

Ordered by military officials never to reveal the scope of their war work, these women and their incredible stories and accomplishments were all but written out of history until Mundy discovered a cache of recently declassified documents at the archives of the National Security Agency.

Based on these documents, other rich archival sources and interviews with the women, Code Girls offers a narrative of broad appeal while establishing a new historical record; and it brings to life this riveting story of American courage, service and scientific accomplishment.