Author Talk with Gillian Gill
March 11, 2010
Pushing the boundaries of a male-dominated historical record, biographer Gillian Gill has been bringing the stories of extraordinary women to light for two decades. Now, looking back at her work, Gill returns to The Mary Baker Eddy Library for an unscripted discussion of her subject matter: women of notoriety, influence, and accomplishment. In Mary Baker Eddy, Florence Nightingale, Agatha Christie, and Queen Victoria, Gill explores the anomalous situations of leading women in a society that otherwise placed their gender in supporting roles or on the margins. Although operating in very different spheres, all four women faced similar challenges. Gill balances the personal with the public in her biographies, and the evening's conversation will focus on the cost of celebrity in such lifestyles, revealing common passions between these women, such as poetry, and a need for trust and seclusion. In this centenary year for both Eddy and Nightingale, The Mary Baker Eddy Library is investigating the meaning of a life of service in its programs and exhibits, which will be an important theme in Gill's remarks. For reservations and more information about this event visit our Web site. Also, learn about our two lunchtime Book Club sessions, March 2 and 9, to discuss We Two, Gill's latest work on Queen Victoria.