Visionary Women: a History, a Novel and a Memoir

  • April 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • 1 Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950, USA
  • Completed

Three authors tell the stories of women who forged their own way in the world, each in a different format.

Andrea Barnet reintroduces readers to four icons in Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. With a journalist’s eye for detail, Barnet recounts how these renegades’ work altered the way we think about the environment, cities, animals, and food.

In The Age of Light, Whitney Scharer delves into the life of American photographer Lee Miller. This fictionalized account follows Lee, a former model, from her perch in front of the camera to behind to lens. Her life in Paris, her artistic journey, and her relationship with Surrealist Man Ray are vividly captured in this debut novel.

Masoumeh “Masih” Alinejad-Ghomi’s memoir outlines her own struggles within the society into which she was born. A native of Iran, Alinejad-Ghomi sparked a social-media movement, “My Stealthy Freedom,” by appearing in a photograph without her hijab. She chronicles this, her childhood, and her separation from her son because of Donald Trump’s notorious immigration ban in The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran.

Presenters: Masih Alinejad-Ghomi, Andrea Barnet, Whitney Scharer,
Moderator: Leslie Hendrickson

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