Smart Bets: Denise Keirnan

After a journalism career with stories in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (among others), Asheville-based writer Denise Keirnan turned her attention to the Southeast. Her 2013 book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, examines the lives of the women (many who were teenagers) recruited to work at the secret city of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Tempted by good wages, the workers were unaware that their jobs contributed to the production of atomic bombs. The Girls of Atomic City is out in paperback this month. Following appearances on C-SPAN, NPR, PBS and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Keirnan returns to Asheville for a reading at Malaprop's on Saturday, March 15, at 5 p.m. malaprops.com. Photo of the Oak Ridge workers by Ed Westcott

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