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LWV of Sanibel to host author talk, book signing

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020


The League of Women Voters of Sanibel will celebrate the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment’s passage with “A Conversation with Elaine Weiss” – author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” – on March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the BIG ARTS Christensen Hall on Sanibel.

The year is 1920; the month is August; the place is Nashville. Thirty-five states have approved the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. In “The Woman’s Hour,” Weiss tells the dramatic story of the suffragists’ fight to get the 36 state – Tennessee – to allow women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. Their fight comes alive with fascinating stories about the handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle. This year marks the 100th anniversary of both the passage of the 19th Amendment and the League of Women Voters.

Weiss is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree. “The Woman’s Hour” was a GoodReads Reader’s Choice Award winner; was short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize; and received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award. Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as executive producer.

A short book signing will follow the program.

Tickets are $20.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lwvsanibel.org/calendar.html, call 239-395-0900 or stop by the BIG ARTS box office, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

“The Woman’s Hour” can be found at MacIntosh Books and Paper on Sanibel.

Christensen Hall is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.