Literary Series Event – Author Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop presents “Daughter of Spies”
Tuesday, March 21, 2023Time 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Johann Fust Library Foundation is honored to present author Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop in the library courtyard and loggia on Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m.
Daughter of Spies is a uniquely personal, fascinating, and multilayered story. Both of Ms. Alsop’s parents served in intelligence positions during World War II. Elizabeth’s father, Stewart Alsop, served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS,) and her mother, Patricia “Tish” Barnard Hankey, served with the British Security Service (M15) as a decoder. After the war, they were at the center of the Georgetown Set, a prominent inner circle of politicians and celebrities in post-war Washington, DC.
Ms. Alsop’s memoir focuses on her mother, who, as the book begins, is in her later years confronting dementia and a loss of independence. Elizabeth finds a box of old letters, and together she and her mother visit the past. She explores her mother’s alcoholism and unravels the causes, accompanying secrets, and their impact on her and her brothers.
Daughter of Spies is available for purchase at the Johann Fust Library Foundation’s office, upstairs at the library. The Foundation’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come ride the new elevator! The books will also be sold before and after Elizabeth’s presentation in the library loggia.
A book signing will follow.
This program is offered at no charge, but registration is required.