Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Richard DuRose, Author Of ‘Shooting Star’, Chosen To Be Exhibiting Author At Blue Ridge Bookfest To Be Held In Flat Rock, NC

Richard DuRose’s book, ‘Shooting Star, The First Woman To Attempt To Reach Hawaii By Air’ relates the story of Mildred Doran, a female aviator who was lost during the golden age of aviation. DuRose is Mildred Doran’s nephew

Hendersonville NC author Richard DuRose is known as 'The Inside Authority On The Golden Age Of Aviation’ for good reason. His aunt, Mildred Doran, was one of the United States' first female aviators. He relates her story in 'Shooting Star, The First Woman To Attempt To Reach Hawaii By Air'.

Mildred Doran, a young schoolteacher, entered the Dole Transpacific Air Race in 1927, organized to start only 11 weeks after Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris.  Of the 8 planes lined up for the race, only two made it to Hawaii.  Mildred and her plane were mysteriously lost and, similar to Amelia Earhart’s fate, no trace of her or her plane was ever located.

DuRose first  became familiar with the story when he inherited a box of pictures, news clippings and other memorabilia from his mother who was Mildred’s little sister.  That box sent DuRose on a three year quest into the history of aviation and resulted in a 2011 article in Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine.

“I wrote this book,” stated Mr. DuRose, “as there was an immediate response to the article with many readers saying they wanted to know more.  That gave me the impetus to write 'Shooting Star' because so many urged me to do so.”

This year’s Blue Ridge Bookfest will be held on May 18-19, 2012, at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The annual event will feature 40 authors plus several seminars.  Hours for the Blue Ridge Bookfest are 1:30 to 5:30 on Friday May 18, and 8:30 to 3:00 on Saturday, May 19. There is no charge for admission.

“Readers will enjoy this story”, DuRose continued, “of a strong willed, pretty, young schoolteacher who was determined to be the first to fly to Honolulu. What I found amazing was the barrage of news coverage given at the time to the Dole Race and Mildred.  The whole country was enamored with Mildred and vowed never to forget her.  But, over time, the story was forgotten."

Richard DuRose is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at rdurose@morrisbb.net. ‘Shooting Star, The First Attempt By A Woman To Reach Hawaii By Air’ is available at Amazon.com. More information is available at Mr. DuRose’s website at www.RichardDuRose.com. More information on the Blue Ridge Bookfest is available at www.BlueRidgeBookfest.org.


Richard DuRose lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife Nancy, where he retired after a career as a corporate trial lawyer.

The bulk of his career was spent with Foley & Lardner, a nation-wide law firm. DuRose specialized in employment law, and handled cases in 37 of the 50 states.  He was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America under labor and employment law, and chosen for mention in Who’s Who in American Law. ‘Shooting Star, The First Attempt By A Woman To Reach Hawaii By Air’ was published in September 2011.


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