Saturday, March 1, 2008

Author Feather Schwartz Foster to speak at the Chester Library

LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities written by Feather Schwartz Foster
CHESTER, NEW JERSEY – Feather Schwartz Foster, author of “LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities” is scheduled to speak at the Chester Library to discuss some of America's First Ladies, why they were “new”, and what prompted change.

Foster will be appearing at the Chester Library, Main Street, Chester, New Jersey at 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 5th. The program is free of charge, and a book signing will follow.

According to the author, “A decade after the Civil War saw women less as the wispy, languishing types of the ante-bellum years, and becoming more like the strong, athletic figures typified by the ‘Gibson Girl..’ Education for women had become mainstream, employment opportunities were opening up, and, no surprise, women actually wanted to learn and to work and to achieve.”

Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities 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." said Foster.

It is an entertainment, not a tome. “Of course ‘LADIES….’ Is a work of fiction,” says Foster. “After all, it is truly a conjecture of their personalities. But it is all based on the facts of their lives, the lives of their husbands and the times they lived in. Most biographies of First Ladies are dull – full of ‘almanac stuff.’ This books livens things up – especially when the Ladies cross the centuries through Eternity and talk to each other.”

Author Feather Schwartz Foster has been an “amateur” presidential historian 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 of Personalities”.

Her second novel, “Garfield’s Train” was recently published and deals with President James Garfield’s death in Long Branch, in 1881. A children’s book, “T: An Auto-Biography” about a Model-T Ford was also recently released.

Author/lecturer Feather Schwartz Foster has made more than 200 presentations about the “old” First Ladies to various groups throughout the state of New Jersey.

For more information, visit Feather Schwartz Foster's website >>
Or call 908-753-6999.


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