Myra Macpherson spoke about her book, Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, the dynamic sisters at the heart of MacPherson’s fifth book, challenged a wide range of the social, political, and economic mores of the late 19th century. Between them, they were the first women to run for congress and for president, the first women to open a brokerage firm, and the first to publish Marx’s Communist Manifesto. MacPherson, a longtime Washington Post reporter and columnist, examines the lives and times of this pioneering pair.
Masha Gessen spoke about her book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Gessen, journalist and author of a critical biography of Putin, knows something about courage. She’s the perfect writer to profile Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk collective dedicated to public artistic responses to Russian politics. Gessen recounts the group’s 2012 performance of “A Punk Prayer for Freedom” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, beseeching Mary for a new leader. Three of the activists were charged with felony hooliganism.
James Tobin spoke about his book, The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
With a searching new analysis of primary sources, NBCC award winner James Tobin reveals how FDR’s fight against polio transformed him from a callow aristocrat into the energetic, determined statesman who would rally the nation in the Great Depression and lead it through World War II.