The New Hampshire Humanities Council has awarded a major grant to The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley for The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France. The project, which includes and exhibit and several programs, begins with a visit from author Louise Borden on Saturday, December 18 at 7 pm at the Rey Center.
"The legendary tale about the Reys' 1940 flight from Paris on bicycles just before the Nazis stormed the City of Light comes into clear focus here, thanks to Borden's diligent research and lucid writing. Reproductions of Hans Rey's diary entries, letters from publishers and photos many taken by Margret lend the book authenticity and immediacy. Drummond's watercolors add a spirited splash of color to the handsomely designed paper-over-board volume. His illustrations display a whimsy and energy appealingly reminiscent of the Reys' art, while still uniquely his own; the artist also effectively conveys the somber side of this extraordinary story. ... A stirring, uplifting and elegantly packaged saga." (from a review in Publisher's Weekly)