Cost: $32 includes guaranteed seat and a signed book (includes tax)
Hear from the beloved New York Times columnist Gail Collins about her rollicking, eye-opening new book on a subject that is timelier than ever: women and aging in America.
Author of the acclaimed bestsellers When Everything Changed and America’s Women, and the first woman to serve as the editorial page editor of the New York Times, Collins is an expert guide through the shifting sands of America’s complex history of women. She takes us from the colonies, when a woman was considered marriageable if “Civil, and under 50 years of Age,” through a long stretch when they were quietly retired to a rocking chair once they had passed their reproductive years, to 68-year-old Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. Collins chronicles the lives of our country’s most fascinating women, from Sojourner Truth to Mae West to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as many whose names are less well-known but whose impact on American society is still felt today. Don’t miss her razor-sharp, insightful social commentary.
Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she was appointed editorial page editor—the first woman to hold that post at the Times. In 2007, she stepped down to finish her book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned as a columnist in time to cover the 2008 presidential election. When Everything Changed became a national bestseller. Collins is also the author of the national bestseller America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; As Texas Goes…: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics; and The Millennium Book, which she coauthored with her husband, Dan Collins. Before joining the Times, she was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News and a reporter for United Press International. Collins is a graduate of Marquette University and has a master’s degree in government from the University of Massachusetts. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Each writer’s hour-long event includes a talk by the author and a moderated Q&A session, followed by a meet-the-author book signing.
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