New Jersey author Feather Schwartz Foster will be the guest speaker at the River Edge Library, River Edge, NJ at 2 PM Wednesday, June 7, 2006. The program will be devoted to a discussion of Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge and Lou Henry Hoover – the First Ladies of the 1920s. A book signing will follow.
Feather Schwartz Foster is the author of “LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities,” which according to the author, “is a book of voices. In it, First Ladies between Martha Washington and Mamie Eisenhower tell their own stories – or, to be more exact, whatever they want – in their own words and in their own styles. It crosses boundaries between fact, conjecture and, most importantly, centuries. Through dialogue-boxes, the Ladies talk to each other across Eternity, where anything is possible. The Modern First Ladies, from Mrs. Kennedy through Mrs. Clinton participate in commentary. “The old gals talk to the reader and they talk amongst themselves. They talk about their husbands, and their children, and the White House, and the times they lived in. And, of course, politics”.
“The First Ladies of the 1920s were somewhat analogous to the times they lived in,” says author Foster. “They didn’t flap, they didn’t roar, but they presided over a decade of the most significant social change in United States history.” There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Author Feather Schwartz Foster has been an “amateur” presidential historian (non-academic) for three decades. Following a long career in advertising and having written a score of children’s musical shows, she has decided to draw on her thousand-volume personal presidential library and her love of history by penning “LADIES: A Conjecture….” Her second novel, “Garfield’s Train” was recently published and deals with President James Garfield’s death in Long Branch, in 1881.
The meeting is free and open to the public. The River Edge Library is located at 685 Elm Avenue, River Edge, NJ. For more information, contact the author at www.featherfoster.com.