When Songbirds Returned To Paris: An Interview with Elizabeth Sloan

January 31, 2-3PM, 90.3FM

E M Sloan promo photo.jpgMaree McHugh interviews Elizabeth Sloan about her new book When Songbirds Returned to Paris.

In this WW II narrative, British aristocrat Cecily Margot Gordon Lefort  leaves her Paris home and husband  (a French doctor)to return three years later as a secret agent.  Cecily is captured by the Gestapo and dies in a concentration camp. The author engages her brave and spirited cousin  (70 years departed) in conversation after tracking down Cecily’s French dossier, Special Operations Executive file, war letters, and confidantes.  Cecily’s intrepid wartime adventures, the truth about her marriage, the events that unfold following her death – all culminate in a world-wide-web of intrigue and discovery.

Elizabeth Sloan’s historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris, is the culmination of more than a dozen years of research, involving international travel and correspondence.  As part of this process, she achieved an MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho.  Sloan’s undergraduate degree (some 40 years ago!) came from the University of Iowa. The time between these degrees was filled with various art and graphic design careers, including Better Homes & Garden publishing, her own graphic design business, and numerous covers for poetry collections. Her essays “The Scent of Tarweed,” and “Spirit Dog” were both published in Idaho magazine.

Besides writing, Sloan also creates one-of-a-kind bookarts and other mixed media works. Her work titled Our M(Others), Ourselves was included in a juried Boise State University exhibit, and her work titled

Age of Exploration was included in Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts and History, invitational “Bookworks” exhibit. Sloan is also one of 260 international artists with three book art works in the international traveling collection named Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.

Follow E.M. Sloan’s art at, and her author page at:

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