‘To Die Beautiful’ author event brings fearless WWII fighter to life

Mountain Shire Books & Gifts to host a discussion with author Buzzy Jackson on Oct. 1

"To Die Beautiful" tells the true story of Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, who risked her life to stop the rise of Nazi fascism during WWII. On Oct. 1, Mountain Shire Books & Gifts will host an author event with Buzzy Jackson at Fraser Valley Distilling.
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Mountain Shire Books & Gifts will host award-winning Colorado author, Buzzy Jackson, at its latest author event at Fraser Valley Distilling.

Attendees can meet the author and hear her wartime historical work, “To Die Beautiful,” on Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m.

The novel is based on the true story of Hannie Schaft, a vital member of the Dutch resistance during WWII. Jackson tells Schaft’s incredible story of living in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. 

In 1940, Schaft is a 19-year-old student. As the Nazi party rises in power in her country, her Jewish friends’ lives are in danger. Determined to save them and fight for good, Schaft joins her country’s armed resistance.

“Buzzy Jackson recreates Hannie Schaft’s incendiary life out of a handful of ash and sparks. An unforgettable alloy of death and hope, ‘To Die Beautiful’ is a heartrending and breathstopping novel of resistance – the more so for being the essence of truth.”

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She hides her Jewish friends, seduces Nazi soldiers to assassinate them at point-blank range, bombs munition factories and runs weapons across the country. She falls in love with a fellow resister, struggling to maintain her humanity during wartime.

Hitler learns of her identity and makes her a target, giving her the moniker ‘the Girl with Red Hair.’

“She was an extraordinary woman full of fervor, determination and conviction, and Jackson eloquently brings her story back to life,” writes Mountain Shire. “This historical fiction novel is powerful, eye-opening and gut-wrenching. ‘To Die Beautiful’ is a must-read novel set during one of the darkest times in history.”

Tickets for the literary event are $10. They can be purchased in advance at Mountain Shire in Winter Park, or at the door on the day of the event.

Jackson became inspired to write Schaft’s story after visiting the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam. “Standing in front of the small glass display case, the rest of the world and its twenty-first-century troubles fell away,” Jackson writes of the experience. “Inside were a pair of round, wire-rimmed glasses, a battered pistol, and a photograph of a young, auburn-haired woman in a skirt, blouse, and sensible shoes, with a defiant look on her face. This was Hannie Schaft.”
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