Vermont Author Eileen Charbonneau at Village Square Booksellers

Bellows Falls, Vermont author of I’ll Be Seeing You, Eileen Charbonneau, will be
speaking at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Vermont on Saturday Sept 9
at 11am. Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.

Eileen Charbonneau is an award-winning author of nine published novels, short
stories, and non-fiction. Her work has received the Golden Medallion, Hearts of
the West, Andre Norton and Phyllis A. Whitney awards. I’ll Be Seeing You is an
historical romantic suspense novel series The Code Talker Chronicles from BWL
Publishing. Luke Kayenta and his childhood friend Nantai Riggs are young shepherds
of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. They volunteer for an experiment: to come up
with an uncrackable code based on the Navajo language to be used by the US as it
enters World War II. They fly into New York to join the spy agency the Office of
Strategic Services (OSS). While on the airfield, Luke catches sight of a young
woman. He is first enchanted, then heartsick when he finds that Kitty Charante is
the wife of his Canadian RAF pilot and instructor in espionage. Later in the
mountains between Spain and Nazi-occupied France, Luke and Nantai practice the code
between radio stations while helping on missions.

Eileen's World War II set novels follow O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services,
precursor to the C.I.A.) operative and former Navajo sheepherder Luke Kayenta as he
helps to develop the Navajo Code. The code was used and never broken by the Axis
powers throughout the war. It could only be created among speakers who were fluent
in both Navajo and English,and proved so successful that the Code Talkers were asked
to keep their contribution tho the war effort a secret in case it needed to be used
again. It was finally de-classified in 1968.

Eileen Charbonneau, who counts among her relatives three members of the historic
Lewis and Clark Expedition, is drawn to the untold tale. Her previous novels have
centered around the Choctaw Nation’s contributions to Irish Famine relief in the
1840s (Rachel LeMoyne), early efforts at conservation in California’s national parks
(Waltzing in Ragtime), and abolition efforts in Federal Era Virginia (The Randolph
Legacy). “Fiction can fill-in and illuminate gaps and seldom-seen points of view in
our historical record,” Charbonneau believes. “In the context of a good galloping
story, it can show us who we are as a people.” For the Code Talker Chronicles,
Eileen has also delved into family history. Navaho Luke Kayenta’s love interest is
fellow O.S.S. operative and New York City born and bred Kitty Charante, a character
based in the life of her 98 year old mother. “My parents were great story tellers
of their time before I was born,” Charbonneau says, “I’m glad I was paying
attention!”

Future events at the bookstore include Friday, Sept 22 at 7pm, Erik Rickstad,
Vermont author of Names of Dead Girls and Friday Oct 20 at 7pm, Archer Mayor,
Newfane Vermont author Trace.

Dates: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Location: 
Village Square Booksellers 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
More Information Contact: 
Village Square Booksellers 802-463-9404 or vsbooks@sover.net