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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