Virtual Book Talk

By Steven Libowitz   |   August 27, 2020
Santa Barbara-raised photographer Thomas Kelsey will discuss his photo essay, “75 Years Later – Warbirds, Airman, & Veterans of World War II,” at Chaucer’s on September 3

Santa Barbara-raised award-winning photographer Thomas Kelsey started his World War II photo essay in 1986 and has just now completed the undertaking earlier this year. “75 Years Later – Warbirds, Airman, & Veterans of World War II” serves as a history lesson with facts, figures, and photographs of the wartime effort brought to the forefront by survivors of the conflict. Featuring a variety of stories, some never told before, the 136-page hardcover book includes interviews and tales of heroic sacrifices that were made by surviving veterans to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

Kelsey has been a staff photographer at nine newspapers, including nearly 25 years combined at the Los Angeles Times, Rocky Mountain News, and the Press-Enterprise. He also served as the Chief Photographer at the Outdoor Channel TV network. The SBCC and Cal Poly journalism grad’s work has been published in such news magazines as Time, Life, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated among many others.

Chaucer’s Books hosts Kelsey for a special online event on Thursday, September 3 at 6 pm. Visit for details.


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