The Challenges and Rewards of Researching Women for Writing and Family History

Thursday, March 30 at 02:30pm EDT
In-person and Online
NYG&B offices, 36 West 44th Street, Suite 711, and online via Zoom
Presented By Allison Gilbert and A’Lelia Bundles

This event is free and can be attended online or in person.

Program Summary

Please join the NYG&B as we welcome Allison Gilbert and A’Lelia Bundles in conversation with NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as they discuss the challenges and rewards of researching women throughout history.

Allison Gilbert headshot and Listen, World! cover

Ms. Gilbert is an award-winning journalist and co-author of Listen, World!, the first biography of American writer Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of. Rising from nothing, Elsie became the most-read woman in the country and highest-paid woman writer in the William Randolph Hearst media empire. This cinematic narrative weaves meticulous research with Robinson’s own inspiring words, taken from her columns, interviews, books, and letters—most never digitized or previously available to today’s readers.

A’Lelia Bundles headshot andc cover of On Her Own Ground

An award-winning journalist and author, Ms. Bundles writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker is a New York Times Notable Book and the non-fiction source for Self Made, the fictional four-part Netflix series starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great-grandmother, whose parties, arts patronage, and travels helped define the era.

Both authors have done extensive research when writing their books and can address the strategies of finding information on women.

This event promises to be a fascinating conversation on women, research, and how things have changed in our world. It will be held in-person at the NYG&B offices at 36 West 44th Street, Suite 711, and online.

Program Support

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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