Join us for a special Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, March 19 at 6 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (351 University Ave, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission, public invited.
Guests: Author Donna Rifkind (The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood) with music by acoustic duo Stace and Cassie (When We Grow Old).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
NOTE: This show is presented in conjunction with the Oxford Film Festival, but a film fest pass is not required for our show. For more information on the Oxford Film Festival visit: http://oxfordfilmfest.com/.
Reminder: Donna Rifkind will sign books at Square Books following the show.
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
This show will be heard on Mississippi and Alabama public radio networks:
Mississippi: Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm: http://www.mpbonline.org/
Alabama: Saturday, March 28 at 9 pm: http://www.apr.org/#stream/
The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood (Other Press) by Donna Rifkind is the little-known story of screenwriter Salka Viertel, whose salons in 1930s and 40s Hollywood created a refuge for a multitude of famous figures who had escaped the horrors of World War ll.
Viertel combined a modern-before-her-time sensibility with the Old-World advantages of a classical European education and fluency in eight languages.
Viertel was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo’s movies and at one point was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot. Meanwhile, at her house in Santa Monica she opened her door to a host of emigres including Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg – along with every kind of Hollywood star, from Charlie Chaplin to Shelley Winters.
Chock-full of scandalous affairs and wartime atmosphere, this sparkling account brings overdue attention to a woman who helped make Hollywood’s golden age possible.
– Publishers Weekly
Donna Rifkind’s reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times Book Review. She has also been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, American Scholar, and other publications.
Stace and Cassie are a married singer-songwriter acoustic duo from Brandon, MS who have been mainstays on the Mississippi and Louisiana live circuit. Their latest release is the single, When We Grow Old (Old Trace Records). The video of the single has been accepted into competition at this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Also available is their full-length album, The Ruins.