Ms. Scelfo will read excerpts from and discuss her book The Women Who Made New York.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual sensation—one that reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity. The book is organized into numerous subjects: The Politicos: Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug and features prominent women like Frances Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where her stories about how we live routinely appear on the Times’ most e-mailed list. Prior to joining the Times in 2007, Scelfo was a correspondent at Newsweek, where she covered breaking news and wrote about society and human behavior. She covered the events of September 11, 2001, live from lower Manhattan, and then reported extensively on the attack’s environmental and emotional aftermath.
Scelfo lives with her family in New York City, where she rides a push-scooter to ease travel back and forth between neighborhoods. She is a member of PEN America, a supporter of Narrative 4, and believes radical empathy is where it's at. More information about her work can be found at juliescelfo.com.
Copies of the book will be available for sale. A book signing session will follow the reading and discussion of the book.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, Room 40150 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018
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