Women’s Book Salon

The March Book Salon about Louisiana Women was wonderful. Only five ladies showed up, but I think we all had fun. The first women to present told us she stumbled upon Madam C. J. Walker when looking up Louisiana woman inventors. Madam Walker was born in New Orleans.

Another woman, told us all about Martha R. Field who, writing under the name of Catherine Cole, traveled alone or with her daughter to small towns around Louisiana writing about life in different communities for a newspaper in New Orleans during the late 1800’s. She explained that she’d chosen Louisiana Voyages: The Travel Writings of Catherine Cole because she wanted to read something that was written in woman’s own words.

I, with probably too much enthusiasm, told everyone how I’d fallen in love with the story of Margaret Haughery while reading More than Petticoats: Remarkable Louisiana Woman by Bonnye E. Stuart and filled them in on this remarkable woman’s life.

It was a nice group and I’ve decided that we are going to do it again. This time our salon’s topic will be non-American women past or present. Since we where super local in topic for the first meeting, I thought we should visit far flung places this go round.

Save the Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010 @ 4 pm
at the Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Finding a biography of a non-American woman should be easy as they are plentiful, so I’ve not assembled a list. But, if you decide to attend and want to post who you’ll be reading about it the comments, the titles will be welcome.

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6 Responses

  1. I will be there (and nicely put about my book!), but the first Sunday in May is the 2nd. Just FYI. I’ll still be there, just thought you may want to change your promo stuff.

  2. So glad to know your book salon discovered Madam C. J. Walker, an early twentieth century entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist, who was born in Delta, LA in the northern part of the state. Hope you’ll want to learn more. If so, please visit our website at http://www.madamcjwalker.com.
    A’Lelia Bundles
    Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer.

  3. So glad u got this started. Can we discuss an author instead of a biography?

    • Hello Janet,

      You can read anything you’d like related to the topic of non-American women past or present. I believe the few people I’ve talked with are choosing a biography or a title about women of a certain time period.

      Hope to see you there!


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