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Nov 19, 2021

Jim DeFede, author of The Day the World Came to Town, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, Come From Away, was our November "Bookaccino Live" Book Group guest.

The Day the World Came to Town tells a true story of untold events from September 11th. When United States airspace closed, 38 jetliners were forced to land in Gander, a small town in Newfoundland. Residents of Gander welcomed “the plane people” warmly, even as the population of the town swelled to nearly twice its size. The visitors were met with grace and helpfulness, in an example of the best side of human nature. Carol Fitzgerald, who hosts this discussion, confesses that for years she could not talk about this book without getting emotional.

With this opportunity for a live book group discussion, Jim DeFede dove deep into his 20-year-old book, including how he came to write it. He shares his thoughts on Come From Away, the hit Broadway musical. If you haven't read The Day the World Came to Town or seen the Broadway musical, Come From Away, know that there's plenty to learn here to inspire you to want to read it and discuss it with your group.

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The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald