Experience a true WWII love story through the eyes of an award winning Idaho author at the McCall Public Library.


            Gail Chumbley recently won 2016 Idaho Author award for best memoir. Her book titled “River of January” is a two-part memoir about the author’s in-laws:  Montgomery “Chum” Chumbley, a Virginian farm boy who became a famous pilot in WWII; and how he met his wife Helen Thompson, a successful dancer, Hollywood actress, and singer. Listen to this inspiring story, and get the opportunity to talk with the writer herself on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7:00-9:00pm.


River of January is creative non-fiction; the characters are real, and the author took great pains to parallel Helen and Chum’s lives to the events in America at the same time.

“Gail’s presentation highlights the true story of her In-laws through an engaging hour of oral storytelling, slides, and music.  She uses her years of teaching experience to creatively capture the audience’s attention and bring her subjects to life.”
-Greg Simione, Chairperson, Garden Valley Center for the Arts