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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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History. See “Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.
January 29: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: “Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles. March 13:“ The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library. March 25: “Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City.