The Suffragents Launch – East Hampton Library (and party report), September 1, 2017

Friday evening, September 1, the start of the Labor Day weekend, the East Hampton Library hosted some 150 people in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room for my “author talk” about The Suffragents, followed by Q&A. The presentation and book signing took less than an hour, after which friends and family returned to our home to celebrate the launch of the book, 100 years of voting women in New York State, and the men who helped make that happen.

On the sun porch was a mini-exhibition that featured 100 of the most significant male figures in the New York suffrage campaign—framed by what I find to be a profound 1911 quote from the Atlanta Constitution, describing what drove these men to action—and copies of the relevant Article in the New York State Constitution as it appeared before and after the November 6, 1917 suffrage referendum. The word “male” was removed from the description of the eligible voter.

The party took place in a beautifully lit tent (in suffrage gold and white, of course), courtesy of our good friends at Michael George Events  and rentals from Bermuda Parties, our source for decades. We made Edwardian men’s collar centerpieces (okay, shamefully stapled because we didn’t have the brads),

and for music, there was a terrific suffrage playlist created by Brett Kroeger, which led off with this excellent “Bad Romance Woman Suffrage” parody.

There was a lot of focus from the guests on the quality of the food. For appetizers, killer pizza from the PizzaLuca truck; raw bar by the Seafood Shop; and the now legendary guacamole of Monica Torres. The home team extraordinaire orchestrated the dinner, led by husband Alex Goren, and ably enabled by Monica Torres and Slava Bednarz. On the menu was sliced filet with baguette slices and grilled chicken drumsticks;  lentil salad; Ecuadorian rice with bacon, walnuts, and spinach; corn on the cob; and grilled vegetables.

The Sag Harbor Baking Company whipped up a couple of hundred mini cupcakes in chocolate with chocolate pearls and vanilla with vanilla pearls. At the end of the night, a lonely three sat on a plate.

Here’s a photo gallery from the evening in slides with captions.

  • Brooke with Dennis Fabiszak, director of the East Hampton Library and from whom all good things flow. This was as the event was about to begin in the beautiful Baldwin Family Lecture Room.

And huge thanks to Bookhampton for selling (out of ;-)) books at the Library event Friday night and putting a neat stack on display at the store this last holiday weekend of the summer.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat at The Corner Bookstore in New York City on Monday, September 11!


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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.

Upcoming 2019: October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.

Upcoming 2020: January 30: Learning in Retirement Program at Iona College. March 27 Ephemera Society of America, 40th annual conference, Old Greenwich CT. June 4-6Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Past 2019: September 23: 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 LibraryMarch 25:Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” 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. August 7:  Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service. September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University.