Festival highlighting historical fiction and non-fiction from September 23 to 25

A woman who shattered the publishing industry’s glass ceiling, a nurse grappling with post-segregation abuses of her patients, and dictators who used a world’s fair for propaganda are among the topics featured at the sixth annual history book festival in Lewes.

The authors of some twenty works of non-fiction and historical fiction will discuss their books throughout the day on Saturday, September 24.

Among the legendary tycoons of the golden age – the Carnegies, the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts – Mrs. Frank Leslie is a forgotten figure. But for 20 years, she ran the country’s largest publishing empire, a male-dominated industry. A celebrity of her time, she also hid a past that included an illegitimate birth, a difficult childhood and early years in the sex trade.

In “Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age,” author Betsy Prioleau tells the story of a master of concealment who kept her biggest secret for last, bequeathing her multi-million dollar estate to support women. vote, which secured the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Prioleau taught English and world literature at Manhattan College and was a scholar-in-residence at New York University, where she also taught cultural history. Her books include “Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love”; “Swoon: the great seducers and why women love them”; and “Circle of Eros: Sexuality in the Work of William Dean Howells”. Prioleau received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and earned his doctorate in American literature from Duke University.

Inspired by government-sanctioned abuses of the health and reproductive rights of black Americans as recently as the early 1970s, Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s “Take My Hand” is a novel about a black nurse in the post-segregation Alabama. Civil Townsend is eager to make a difference in her community, but her first case will haunt her for decades. It will also shape her career as she is forced to speak out against a terrible injustice done to her patients.

Perkins-Valdez has been a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. She received the Black Caucus Debut Novelist Award from the American Library Association.

The same year that Adolf Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt came to power, the city of Chicago held what was, until that time, the most forward-looking international exposition in history. “Broken Icarus: The 1933 World’s Fair, The Golden Age of Aviation and the Rise of Fascism” describes how aviation was the star of the show, with its promise to improve lives.

Author David Hanna highlights some of the fair’s most famous figures, including German airship pioneer Hugo Eckener and Italian Air Force Marshal Italo Balbo. But their aeronautical exploits also provided important propaganda shots for Hitler and Mussolini.

Hanna teaches history at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He is the recipient of the New York Times Teachers Make a Difference Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago.

The 2022 History Book Festival begins Friday, September 23 with a keynote presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger and ends Sunday, September 25 with a closing keynote by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ada Ferrer. story 2022. Tickets for the keynote and closing presentations must be purchased in advance at bit.ly/hbf22-tickets.

All events except the keynote and closing speakers are free; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Biblion in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will have books available for purchase ahead of the festival. History Book Festival titles may also be borrowed through the Delaware Public Library system as they are published.

Present sponsors of the festival are Delaware Humanities and the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distilling Company is Keynote Funding Partner; Joe and Debbie Schell are the funding partners for the closing presentation.

The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the United States devoted exclusively to history.

For more information, visit historybookfestival.org.

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