Welcome to the creative world of Margot McMahon! Enjoy an inspiring peek into the life of an accomplished author and artist.
June 1, 2021
“In Mac & Irene, Margot McMahon captures with subtlety, wit and an artist’s vision the way the Greatest Generation saw the war-torn world that shaped their and our lives.” —Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University and advisor to BBC’s Our War
Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga is based on the true story of Franklin “Mac” McMahon, Emmy and Peabody award-winning artist-reporter and filmmaker. In WWII, McMahon was a U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 navigator who survived the Stalag Luft III POW camp to return home to Chicago and his sweetheart, Irene. McMahon later served as the courtroom artist for the Emmett Till Trial and the infamous Chicago “Conspiracy” Trial of 1969/70. McMahon was also a Presidential and U.S. Space Program artist. Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga is the first in a trilogy on McMahon’s legendary life and legacy.
AIRDRIE by Margot McMahon (Summer 2021)
For Young Adult readers, AIRDRIE is the true coming-of-age story about Chicago sculptor Margot McMahon, her travels and her passion for art, social justice and nature.
Margot McMahon has received several writing awards and authored nonfiction books for adults and young adults including The Fifth Season, the recipient of the 2020 Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award. An internationally-awarded sculptor, Margot lives in Chicago with her husband and visiting three grown children. Parts of AIRDIRE first appeared in If Trees Could Talk, the second book in a trilogy about Margot’s family in Chicago and Ireland. The first book, Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga, is based on the true story of Margot’s father, Franklin “Mac” McMahon, who served as a navigator in WWII and later became an award-winning artist-reporter.