Two indomitable 19th Century American women journalists — who have been largely forgotten — come alive again as Brooklyn-based author Matthew Goodman tells their amazing true story in his latest release. Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around The World offers an historical narrative that plays out over turn-of-the-century global events, and chronicles the adventures of these women in their quest to make a difference in their own lives. Set against a pre-suffrage culture and the booming industrial age, the story is enriched by the history and history-making events it covers.
October 14, 5:30 pm, Ragtag Cinema Set the mood with the documentary, Farewell featuring archival footage of the 1929 ’round-the-world journey of journalist Lady Grace Drummond Hay on the dramatic Graf Zeppelin airship. Shown in Ragtag’s large theater, the program is free to the public; $5 donations will help cover event costs.
October 15, 5-7 pm, Boone County Museum: Join author Matthew Goodman at the Boone County Museum and Galleries in a reception. Enjoy refreshments and libations, view the Eighty Days Exhibit in the Walters History Museum, and meet Goodman, who will discuss his narrative and sign copies of Eighty Days. Books can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop. Call now to reserve your copy, at 573-443-8936, ext.29.
October 16, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Reynolds Journalism Institute: At the MU Reynolds Journalism Institute at 3:30 pm, Goodman talks with students and community on Bly, Bisland, and writing in the Fred W. Smith Forum; and at 7:30 pm, investigative reporter and author Steve Weinberg sits down with Goodman to discuss journalism and his adventure-filled new book in Fisher Auditorium.
October 17, 10 am and 7 pm, Daniel Boone Regional Library: Matthew Goodman joins a panel of women at 10 am who discuss their own personal journeys; and at 7 pm hosts and Author’s Talk on his book about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, two remarkable women journalists of the 1880s.
Many thanks to those working on the Matthew Goodman Events: Cathy and Kit Salter, Anne Deaton, Mary Kay Blakely, Nancy West, Melissa Carr, Patricia Miller, Jenifer Flink, Steve Weinberg, Dean Mills, Hank Waters, Vicki Russell, Jim Robertson, Jane Flink, Bruce Wallace, Tracy Lane and Ragtag Theater.