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Making History: Veronica Chambers & Alexis Coe

Thu, November 19 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST
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Veronica Chambers and Alexis Coe

 

Two books which shed new light on history—and the present—by revealing often untold stories and reexamining some of our foundational “truths.” Best-selling authors Alexis Coe (You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington) and Veronica Chambers (Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for Right the Vote) bring their perspectives not only to the past, but to the present, as they discuss the revolutionary women who fought for the right to vote, and one of the first American revolutionaries, George Washington.

Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first president—and finds he is not quite the man we remember. With irresistible style and warm humor, You Never Forget Your First, an instant New York Times bestseller, combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every page.
Who was at the forefront of women’s right to vote? We know a few famous names, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but what about so many others from diverse backgrounds—black, Asian, Latinx, Native American, and more—who helped lead the fight for suffrage? On the hundredth anniversary of the historic win for women’s rights, it’s time to celebrate the names and stories of the women whose stories have yet to be told. Veronica Chambers‘ New York Times bestseller, Finish the Fight, will fit alongside important collections that tell the full story of America’s fiercest women.

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Veronica Chambers

Veronica Chambers is the editor of Past Tense at The New York Times. She recently created the anthology "The Meaning of Michelle," a collection by 16 writers celebrating the former first lady, and edited the upcoming "Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter." She is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl. Her latest work is the collection Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish. She is currently a JSK Knight fellow at Stanford University.

Purchase Finish the Fight! from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners here.

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Alexis Coe

Alexis Coe is the New York Times bestelling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington and Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis. She frequently appears on CNN, MSNBC, and the History Channel, where she was a consulting producer on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Washington series. Alexis has hosted Presidents Are People Too! at Audible and No Man's Land at Pineapple.

Purchase You Never Forget Your First from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners here.

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