March 23, 2016

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 Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria.  Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer by Diane Kiesel  A Novel by Ellen Feldman

In celebration of Women's History Month, we welcome authors Abigail Santamaria, Diane Kiesel and Ellen Feldman for a conversation with the NYPL's Karen Gisonny on the complexities, choices and inspirations of writing women's lives.  

Abigail Santamaria author of JoyAbigail Santamaria is a writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library's Allen Room and the author of Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).  Abigail earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University.  She has contributed articles to numerous publications, serves as a research and writing consultant to the president of Hunter College and is a founding partner of the narrative writing and research firm, Biography by Design, LLC.  

Diane KieselDiane Kiesel is a former writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library's Allen Room and the author of She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer (University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, 2015).  She is an acting  Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County, criminal term, where she presides in a domestic violence court.  Diane's other works include a textbook for law students, Domestic Violence: Law, Policy and Practice (Matthew Bender, 2007).  In addition to a law degree, she also has a master's degree in public affairs journalism.  Diane is a past winner of the Worth Bingham Award for Distinguished Investigative Journalism.

Ellen Feldman author of Terrible VirtueEllen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is a writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library's Allen Room and the author of Terrible Virtue (Harper, 2016).  She attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history.  Ellen's other books include Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the United Kingdom's prestigious Orange Prize and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, which was translated into nine languages.  In addition to her novels, she writes articles on social history and has published numerous book reviews and blogs.  Ellen has lectured extensively around the United States, in Germany and England.   

Karen Gisonny NYPL Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals and JournalsKaren Gisonny is the Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals, specializing in small and alternative press publications, independent literary presses, and zines.  She serves as the resource and outreach librarian for women’s studies and journalism, and also administers and coordinates NYPL’s annual Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.  Karen hosts Periodically Speaking, a reading series highlighting the Library's literary magazine collection.


Please join us Wednesday, March 23rd at 6 pm for a Made at NYPL conversation with authors Abigail Santamaria, Diane Kiesel and Ellen Feldman.

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