The Corner Bookstore NYC, September 11, Nellie Bly, and The Suffragents

June 8, 2017

The Corner Bookstore at 93rd and Madison Avenue, New York City, confirmed today an event for The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote at 6pm on Monday, September 11. This is especially meaningful and not just because of the coincidence of that day’s solemn anniversary. The store really is on my corner, just one short block west, and I’ve been shopping and browsing there for more than three decades. More than that, back in 1990, the store’s knowledgeable staff conducted the out-of-print book search for my daughter, Brett Kroeger, for one of her middle school projects.

Remember, out-of-print book searches in those proto-digital days were not the work of a few keystrokes. They took effort. They had to be done by snail mail, by placing ads in print publications like the Antique Trader. At the time, I only knew about the Mignon Rittenhouse biography, the very book that sparked my life-long fascination with Bly. Yet the search also yielded a second juvenile biography of Bly by Nina Brown Baker, also from the 1950s and just as long forgotten as Bly herself at the time. Brett made a point of how much the two biographies differed in their presentation of facts (The longer version of this story appears in the Introduction to the 1994 Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist). The bookstore’s search and Brett’s insight turned out to be my starting point for book writing. Sweet.

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Upcoming events 2018: March 20: UN Bookshop  March 25: NEW DATE: League of Women Voters of Westchester Champagne Fundraiser April 22: Nassau County Historical Society  at the Jericho Public LibraryApril 29: St. George’s School. May 12: East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (interviewing NYTimes media columnist, Jim RutenbergMay 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery  June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society.

The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book .  . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . .The Suffragents on Facebook . . .  and Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,”  the photo-laden logs I post right after events.