‘Presenting Pauline, I was a dancer’ author to sign books at Mendelssohn

Staff Report

Author Louise Brass will sign copies of her latest book, the true story of Pauline Fraser, a World War II tap dancer and revue artist, who performed in London during the war. The book is titled Presenting Pauline, I was a dancer, and spans almost three decades of Fraser’s life.

The book signing — from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18 — will be part of an indoor market event held monthly at Emerson Building, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St., Rockford. There is no charge for admission. Local vendors expected to be participating include: McConnaughy’s Gourmet Irish Pickles, Scentsy, Avon, My Tutu Bowtique and others.

Presenting Pauline also details some of Fraser’s experiences as a spy tracker during the dark and dangerous nights of the London Blitz. “Pauline rubbed shoulders with many Hollywood stars and military leaders, as a movie extra in some of Alfred Hitchcock’s early movies and as an entertainer of the troops just prior to the D-Day invasion of Europe,” Brass said. “She dined with a prince and lunched with Maj. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle and Gen. George Patton. … It was truly inspirational to work with Pauline on her memoir and record her experiences as a young entertainer during one of the most treacherous times in history,” Brass added.

Brass is an award-winning journalist and author. She will also sign artwork and sell CDs of the children’s fairytale she wrote and narrated. Learn more at www.presentingpauline.com.

From the Jan. 14-20, 2015, issue

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