East City Bookshop is proud to co-sponer We Gather Together with Denise Kiernan with the National Women's History Museum's Sundays@Home series.
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About this Event
In WE GATHER TOGETHER: A Nation Divided, A President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace (Dutton, November 10, 2020), Denise Kiernan, the beloved bestselling author of The Last Castle and The Girls of the Atomic City turns her passion for history and unparalleled research to a topic that couldn’t be more timely: gratitude.
Spanning centuries, WE GATHER TOGETHER, is anchored amid the strife of the Civil War, and driven by the fascinating story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother with no formal schooling who became one of the 19th century’s most influential tastemakers. Despite personal tragedy and ongoing political conflict, she campaigned for decades to make real an annual day of thanks. Thanksgiving has since evolved beyond anything Hale could ever have imagined, now commercially driven with Black Friday following closely at its heels, celebrated with a department store parade, football, and at one point in time, masked costumes. From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday. Part myth-busting, part call to action, WE GATHER TOGETHER offers audiences a new way to look at American history, inspiring us to rethink and reclaim what it means to give thanks today.
About the Author: Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist and producer. Her last book, The Last Castle, was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her previous title, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" during its Emmy award-winning first season and has produced for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC, as well as for independent productions. She lives in North Carolina.
About the Moderator: Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence and First Women, also a New York Times bestseller, as well as Team Of Five and First In Line. She is a CNN contributor and she was the historical consultant on CNN's First Ladies series. She covered the Obama administration for Bloomberg News. She is also a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Kate has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. She lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband, their three young children, and their wheaten terrier.