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About the Book: Author Dennis Turner

turnerUniversity of Dayton Law Professor Dennis Turner writes what he calls “imaginative nonfiction.” Turner will talk about his new book, What Did You Do in the War, Sister? on Thursday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. in the Dayton Metro Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E Third Street. The program is free.

What Did You Do in the War, Sister? is a fictional memoir based on actual events. Turner researched letters and other documents written by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Belgium. During World War II, this group of nuns managed to hide Jews, refugees, and downed American pilots from the Nazis. Turner visited key sites in Belgium, and created a composite character, a fictional nun from Ohio who is assigned to serve in Belgium in 1939. 

Author Don Lystra says of the book, “Readers interested in World War II, as well as those fascinated by accounts of remarkable courage exhibited in the lives of ordinary people, will find this book a fascinating and valuable experience.”

Turner will talk about his extensive research process and several remarkable events that occurred during the writing of his book. The program is free, and books will be available for purchase at the event.

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