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Saratoga Trunk

Show Boat!

Giant


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Wed Oct 7, 2015 noon 3 part program.

America’s Distinguished Giant: Edna Ferber

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Julie Gilbert, Grand Niece of American literary giant Edna Ferber (1885-1968), will present a 3-part program, focusing on:

  • The journey Ferber’s novel “So Big” took toward winning the 1925 Pulitzer Prize. “It is a little known and surprising tale”, Gilbert notes.
  • The influence Ferber’s novels and her work in general had on a “youthful America”, contrasted with those changed values today.
  • Ferber’s personal relationships with Gilbert and her family and their impact on the family.

        Although Ferber, born in Kalamazoo Michigan, is most well known for the musical “Show Boat” and the 1952 movie Giant, adapted from her novel, and starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, she also was a talented playwright and journalist. The 1929 film Cimarron, adapted from her work, won a 1931 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1929 Ferber collaborated with producer George S. Kaufman on three successful Broadway plays. Composers Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II turned Ferber’s novel “Show Boat” into flashy Broadway musical.
        In 2002 Ferber was honored with a U.S. postage stamp in the Distinguished Americans series.
        Ferber never married and had no children. She was one of two sisters: daughters of American-born Julia Neumann and Hungarian-born Jacob Ferber, a proprietor of a dry goods store.
        Gilbert’s grandmother Fannie, who was married to Jack Fox, was Ferber’s older sister.
        Janet Fox, Julie Gilbert’s mother, was the daughter of Fannie and Jack, who also had a daughter named Mina Fox Klein. Janet Fox, an actress, was married to Henry Goldsmith, a German émigré who worked for U.S. Army Intelligence and later served as vice president of Greystone Publishing.
        Mina was Julie Gilbert’s Aunt. Edna Ferber was Julie Gilbert’s great Aunt.
        Mina’s two children Peter and Kathy, are Julie Gilbert’s first cousins. Julie, Peter and Kathy are heirs to Ferber’s estate of which Julie is trustee.
        Julie Gilbert, an only child, has no children. She is Ferber’s Grand Niece.
        Gilbert is herself a writer. At age 25, Random House published her first novel “Umbrella Steps”. She followed with a biography of Ferber. She is also a playwright who has taught at New York University, Florida Atlantic University and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
        “My writing career threads back to Great Aunt Edna Ferber, who taught me the art and craft of imagination growing from observation”, Gilbert said.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

During July, August and September, AWWNM takes a recess. Exciting programs will resume Wed Oct 7.

     

 


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TIPS & NOTES FROM A PULITZER WINNER

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Amy Ellis Nutt began as a Sports Illustrated fact checker in 1988. Twenty two years of hard work later, she won a Pultizer Prize for feature writing, and was a Pulitzer nominee in a prior year.
        Nutt, now a health and science writer for the Washington Post, will share her experience in winning American journalism’s highest and most prestigious honor. Her winning Newark Star Leger feature entry chronicled, in a 20 page special supplement, the mysterious 2009 sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey. Her series “The Accidental Artist” won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and was a Pulitizer finalist in 2010.
        “At SI, I eventually rose to the rank of writer-reporter while I received my masters degree in journalism from Columbia University”. Then Nutt spent 16 years at the Ledger, eventually becoming a projects writer. In 2004-2005 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She joined the WaPo in 2014 where she concentrates her focus on the human brain.
        Ms. Nutt is a graduate of Smith College, and has a degree in philosophy from MIT. She is a part time instructor at Columbia Graduate Journalism School.
        She is the author of four nonfiction books, the most recent, with a working title “Becoming Nicole” to be published in June by Random House. It is about a transgender identical twin teenager.
        In 2016 the Pulitzer Prize foundation will launch “Campfires Initiative” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the awards. It is a $1.5 million national project “to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values (campfires) represent”, according to an announcement.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

Intellectual Property


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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CREATIVE WORK

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        So you’ve written an exciting new song or book or you have outlined a plan for a new social media program on the internet.
        How do you ensure that someone isn’t going to steal it? Or, if they do, what is the procedure for making them stop? or compensating you for the misuse of your creative work? .
        Intellectual property attorneys Tara Marie Vold, copyright expert, and James Paul Williamson, patent and trademark expert will share insights and strategies for how to protect your creative work and enforce your legal rights.
        There will be a longer-than-usual Question and Answer time and opportunity accorded after each speaker.
        Williamson worked as a Trademark Examining attorney for the U.s. Patent and Trademark Office, then served as Trademark Petitions and Special Projects Attorney for the U.S. Assistant Commissioner of Trademarks.
        An expert on unfair competition issues, Williamson is involved with international and domestic trademark prosecution and enforcement cases. His clients include computer hardware and software, semiconductor, publications, pharmaceutical and financial services entities.
        He holds a B.A. degree in aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois School of Law.
        Vold represents clients in domain name and copyright disputes, advertising, and consumer protection issues, as well as drafting and negotiating licensing agreements and intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.
        Her expertise also includes registration and enforcement of copyrights, and endorsements and publicity rights.
        She received a B.A. degree cum laude from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 


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AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES WHO WROTE ABOUT & DABBLED IN THE OCCULT

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        America’s First Ladies Nancy Reagan (1981-1989), Mary Todd Lincoln (1861-1865) and Florence Mabel Harding (1921-1923) who wrote about or dabbled in the occult, will be profiled by Patricia Krider, Executive Director of the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio. Krider will provide visuals with her presentation.
        “Occult” is derived from the Latin word occultus meaning secret, hidden or clandestine. It is further defined as knowledge of the paranormal: the study of a deeper spiritual reality extending beyond pure reason and physical sciences. .
        “The lives of the three first ladies from very different time periods, are intertwined with unique circumstances: they all experienced tragic deaths or near deaths of their spouse, drawing them to spiritualism in a variety of ways”, Krider said.
        Mary Todd Lincoln, a product of finishing school and a wealthy Kentucky family, was shattered by the deaths of three sons, and the assassination of her husband Abraham. “Yet the press still vilified her. So she turned to mediums and seances in her desperate attempt to reconnect with her loved ones,” Krider said.
        Nancy Reagan, (1981-1989) made national headlines when it was revealed that she regularly consulted astrologer Joan Quigley and other mediums. She said she relied on astrology only regarding her husband’s scheduling, to protect him after a 1981 assassination attempt.
        Florence Mabel King Harding (1921-1923) whose husband nicknamed her “the Duchess”, had a long interest in the occult. She favored astronoger Madame Marcia Champfey, who forecast that President Warren Harding would die in office, which he did.
        “First Ladies are intrigued by popular trends as any of us are, which sometimes causes controversy”, Krider added.
        Lucinda Frailly, Director of Education, and Michelle Gullion, Archives Director of the First Ladies Library, will accompany Krider.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Utah, Vermont, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

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National Press Club Building
529 14th Street NW, Suite 960-C
Washington, D.C. 20045

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