Jasmine Moran book signing set for May 20

A chance to visit with the author and subject of Jasmine Moran’s much-anticipated biography has been scheduled for Sunday.

“The Path I Chose” was recently released by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing and is available at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. Purchases there will support the museum.

Moran and her editor/co-author, Karen Anson, will be available to sign copies of the biography from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

Moran and Anson worked for four years on the manuscript.

“I spent many afternoons at Jasmine’s kitchen table, listening to her memories and her secrets, enjoying her impromptu concerts and readings of her favorite poetry, sipping her 4 o’clock tea and watching the birds and small animals that inhabit her backyard,” Anson recalled. “It was a golden time.”

Moran described being a small child living near London during the bombing blitz of World War II. At 7, she was evacuated, ripped from her mother’s arms and charged with the care of her two-2-old sister.

Even after they were able to return to their home, the war continued all around them for years. Moran’s knowledge of World War II history includes the Allies’ guns, battles and planes, as well as the effect of daily exposure to death and destruction.

As she reached adolescence and the war ended, Moran’s amazing singing and dancing talent took her into the theater, where she ended up in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” in London’s West End.

She was in the show when she met Seminole airman Melvin Moran. After a year long courtship, she married, left the stage and moved to small-town Oklahoma, bringing on another culture shock.

Moran’s story gives a snapshot of Oklahoma from the ‘50s forward, through her time as Seminole’s first lady and gives glimpses of the Morans’ statewide civic work — in particular, the founding of the Children’s Museum.

“Jasmine’s ‘path’ from the explosions of World War II London through fame and fortune to the relative tranquility of life in small-town America makes interesting reading and shows us that tough beginnings can inspire resilience and good works,” Anson said.

The book may be purchased at the museum for $25.98.