Ales & Ideas: The Opera Sisters – A Nearly Forgotten Tale of Heroism From World War 2

In honor of Women’s History Month, this Astoria-based author will present the story behind her most recent novel, The Opera Sisters, which is based on British sisters Ida and Louise Cook who were instrumental in helping Jewish refugees escape from Nazi territory in the years before the outbreak of World War 2. Marianne will explain how she reconstructed these women’s remarkable experiences and share research photos from her travel in Europe during the fall of

Marianne Monson is a women’s history author known for unearthing remarkable stories of incredible women. Her 2016 book “Frontier Grit” about pioneer women was nominated for an American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Award, and her 2018 “Women of the Blue and Gray” was awarded a silver medal in the military category by Foreword Reviews. Marianne writes from a 100-year-old house in Astoria, Oregon. She’s the founder and president of a literary nonprofit, The Writer’s Guild. You can find her at:

Doors to the Lovell Showroom open at 6pm with food and beverages available via the Taproom window. All ages welcome and never a cover!

The Thursday Talk program is a reoccurring community lecture series every Thursday, October through May. Thank you to our 2023 Partners –

  • 1st Thursdays – Ales & Ideas w/ Clatsop Community College
  • 2nd Thursdays – Wit & Wisdom w/ Philosofarian
  • 3rd Thursdays – Thursday Night Talk w/ Clatsop County Historical Society
  • 4th Thursdays – Nature Matters w/ Lewis & Clark National Parks, National Parks Service, and North Coast Watershed Association

WHERE: Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane St Astoria, OR 97103 Map