Bill Lascher, Eve of Hundred Midnights
Journalist Bill Lascher joins us to read from his debut book, Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two World War II Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific, which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction. The book tells the unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II -- a saga of love, adventure, and danger. Supported by deep historical research, extensive interviews, and the Jacobys' personal letters, Lascher recreates the Jacobys' thrilling odyssey and their love affair with the Far East and one another, bringing to light their compelling personal stories and their professional life together. Eve of a Hundred Midnights is a tale of an unquenchable thirst for adventure, of daring reportage at great personal risk, and of an enduring romance that blossomed in the shadow of war.
A widely-published freelancer, Lascher's work appears in Atlas Obscura, The Oregonian, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, High Country News, Boom: A Journal of California, Gizmodo, the Portland Monthly, and elsewhere. He was a 2011 Knight Digital Media Center multimedia and convergence fellow at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied history and politics, the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Lascher lives in Portland.