What a remarkable week, a book tour to remember.
Sunday October 1 I spoke at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, resting place of many of the women I profiled in Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote. Susan Olsen, the cemetery’s director of historical services, did much to enrich the event. As the cemetery marks the observance of women’s suffrage, she has invited descendants of the Gilded Suffragists, and is providing information about where they are buried on the grounds. More magic, as Noelle Santos, who is crowd-funding to create a bookstore in the Bronx she calls The Lit Bar, handled sales of books that I signed, and we sold a record 51 copies.
Tuesday October 3 I spoke at the 92nd Street Y, that iconic venue for speechmaking, giving a talk about how cartoonists portrayed the Gilded Suffragists, to be followed by a conversation moderated by Jim O’Grady of WNYC.
And Saturday October 7 I spoke at Politics & Prose, that wonderful independent bookstore in Washington D.C. I plan to share some personal memories about the book’s genesis and evolution, and PBS News Hour’s Judy Woodruff will moderate a conversation. Many friends came to support me, and and of course I signed books there too.
In between were several book parties thrown by friends eager to celebrate the book and its author. Pictured here are scenes from the Greenwich Village party hosted by my friends Rea and Angela Hederman and the event thrown by Tim Albrecht at Consider It Done in Bethesda, a space of beautiful fine china and event planning.
Thank you to all who helped get me here — from the professors at American University who schooled me in the rigors of historic research to the editors and marketers at NYU Press who have made Gilded Suffragists such a standout that Publishers’ Weekly called it one of the top books for fall from independent publishers.
And thanks to all of you in New York and Washington D.C. who were able to attend the events, and to readers everywhere who love history, and whose enthusiasm encourages writers like me to keep writing.
Watch this space for more events this fall. Until then, onward.