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2/20 - GERTIE by Kathryn Smith

Union Ave Books welcomes author, Kathryn Smith, for an event about her new book GERTIE: THE FABULOUS LIFE OF GERTRUDE SANFORD LEGENDRE; HEIRESS, EXPLORE, SOCIALITE, SPY on Thursday February, 20th at 6:30pm.


Gertie lived a 20th century life full of fun, adventure, derring-do and drama: a Gilded Age girlhood, explorations on three continents, hijinks on the French Riviera with the Lost Generation, work for the OSS (the original American spy agency) during World War II, and imprisonment by the Nazis. And that’s less than half the story! Gertrude Sanford Legendre was a woman whose adventurous life began in Aiken, S.C. in 1902 and ended at her plantation outside Charleston in 2000. Daring and fearless, she undertook numerous challenging expeditions for natural history museums, and befriended some of the greatest personalities of the time, including Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Harpo Marx, Albert Schweitzer, General George S. Patton, Lilly Pulitzer, and Bing Crosby. In her later years, she became an ardent conservationist, fighting for habitat preservation on the South Carolina coast and leaving her 7,000-acre plantation in a conservation easement, a place where “the beasts can grow old and die.”

Gertie is a rollicking read about a woman who was not afraid to say yes to life!


Kathryn Smith is a journalist, writer and American history speaker who is fascinated by women who were ahead of their time. Kathryn is also the author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Partnership That Defined a Presidency and a series of mystery novels featuring Missy LeHand as an amateur detective co-authored with Kelly Durham. She lives in Anderson, South Carolina with her husband, Leo.


Event Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781929647446
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Evening Post Books - August 1st, 2019

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