What are LitBits?Celebrate Women’s History Month!

It’s not too late to schedule a fabulous speaker for Women’s History Month celebrations in March 2016, a month devoted to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating achievements of American women. March 2016 is a time to stop and reflect on how women’s roles have changed; to share stories of what was, what is, and what is yet to come; and to invite readers of all ages and sexes to learn about and celebrate how U.S. culture has impacted and been changed by women, evolving over the centuries. Read, share, and discuss these riveting books, and bring these courageous women out of the shadows of the times in which they lived. Invite an author as part of your programming to pay homage to this national month of recognition, and to bring history to life through community reads and discussions.

Author Karen AbbottKaren Abbott brings “sizzle history” to life. She’ll keep your audiences spellbound with the true stories of female spies during the Civil War: a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women who were spies, risking home, family, and life itself.

Meg Waite-ClaytonMeg Waite Clayton delivers a compelling presentation about what it is like to be a driven and talented female journalist in a world restricted by military regulations and gender barriers during WWII. In The Race for Paris, she tells the riveting story of four female correspondents who travel undercover to Paris to cover the end of Nazi occupation during WWI, paving the way for women on the front lines.

Jonathan EigJonathan Eig is a NYT-bestselling author whose subjects include sports stars and gangsters. In The Birth of the Pill, he delves into the story of an eclectic group of scientists and philanthropists that build one of the most important inventions of the 20th Century: the birth-control pill. It’s a tale of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and a sea change in social attitudes.

Ginny GilderGinny Gilder has a passion for sports and their power to transform lives. A lesbian in the ’70s, she overcame many barriers to become an Olympic rower in the wake of Title IX. Ginny’s message about overcoming physical and psychological roadblocks resonates with us all. Course Correction takes place against the backdrop of unprecedented cultural change, and shares life-changing lessons learned beyond the fields of play.

If you would like to host any of these authors for Women’s History Month or for another event, contact Books In Common.

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