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Mission Book Possible #7

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The BookFinder is a month old!

With more than 1,780 books already in this new database, we wanted to create a fun way to help readers get acquainted with it.

Each day in November, we’re going to provide you with a sapphic book finding mission. Four prizes of a $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded during the month on Wednesdays, beginning next week, November 9.

Here’s how it’ll work:

Many of you already know that TB’s a history nut, so she’s been digging into historical happenings for each day in November to inspire the daily book-finding missions.

Once a day, I Heart SapphFic will share the day’s mission in the IHS Reader Group on Facebook. Your assignment will be to check the I Heart SapphFic Bookfinder for a book that fulfills the mission, and then to report back to the Facebook group with a link to that book on the IHS website. To get the link to the book, click on the cover and then copy the URL to paste in the Facebook group.

You are allowed one entry per mission. On November 9, 16, 23, and 30, TB will use a random number generator to select the winner from the entries that were received.

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Now let’s get to today’s fun: Marie Curie

On November 7, 1867, Marie Salomea Skłodowska–Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. She’s known for her pioneering research on radioactivity.

In 1891, she arrived in Paris for her studies. In 1895, she married Pierre Curie, a French physicist.

In June 1903, Curie received her doctorate from the University of Paris. She and her husband were asked by the Royal Institution in London to give a speech on radioactivity, however, women weren’t allowed to speak, so Pierre gave the talk. In 1906, Curie became the first female professor at the University of Paris.

Even though she lived in France, she never forgot her roots and named polonium, the first chemical element she discovered, after Poland.

During World War I, Curie understood that wounded soldiers needed operations as soon as possible. She developed mobile radiography units, which were nicknamed petites Curies (“Little Curies”). It’s estimated that over one million soldiers were seen by her X-ray units, although she never received official acknowledgement of her contributions from the French government.

Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and sole woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and she’s the only individual to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields.

On July 4, 1934, Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia from exposure to radiation. She was sixty-six.

To honor Marie Curie, we’re asking readers to go to the BookFinder and look up books in the following Archetype category: STEM Profession / Scientist

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Find a book you haven’t read yet, or if you come across an old favorite, share it and tell us why. To enter the giveaway, share your entry in the Facebook group.

Remember, the more days you play, the more entries you’ll receive for the $15 Amazon gift card, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Book Finding Mission.

Authors, if your books aren’t in the database yet, we highly recommend you submit them now. Here’s the form.

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