March 12, 2023
Diana Van Dyke was first to call as soon as the NetGalley of Undaunted became available and asked me to speak via Zoom about Undaunted to her group, the National Capital Lawyers Auxiliary. The group does good works and sponsors events of all types, among them regular book interviews, run by Diana Van Dyke, who also hosts a public access television program in the DC area, called Booksmart. The request got me started, two months ahead of Undaunted‘s publication date, but it was good prep. Diana, keying her questions to the perceived interests of the group, wanted to know more about Nellie Bly; the two Idas, Ida B.Wells and Ida Tarbell; Martha Gellhorn; Diane Rehm, Barbara Walters, Melba Tolliver, Gloria Steinem, and Katherine Graham. Over the coming months, it will be interesting to see whom—among the hundreds of women in the book—interviewers choose to highlight, given their locales and differing interests.