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An evening with author Dorothy Wickenden Apr. 5

April 2, 2012

Dorothy Wickenden, New Yorker executive editor and best-selling author of "Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West," will be speaking at 7 p.m. Apr. 5, at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect. The event is free and open to the public - no tickets are required.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first come, first served basis (maximum capacity of 500 people). A book signing and sales will follow the program.

Nothing Daunted'Nothing Daunted'

In the summer of 1916,Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, left their affluent lives in Auburn, N.Y., to teach in the wilds of northwestern Colorado in 1916. In their buoyant letters home, the two young women captured the voices and stories of the pioneer women. Nearly a hundred years later, New Yorker Executive Editor Wickenden - the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff - found the letters and reconstructs the women's journey in "Nothing Daunted."

This epic story shows how two women were swept up in some of the strongest currents of the country’s history: the mining of silver, gold, and coal; the building of the railroad over the Continental Divide, which they took three years later; the entry of immigrants, African-Americans, and women into the workforce; and the extravagant hopes for improving the lives and schools of rural Americans.

Wickenden has chronicled the trials of the women in the classroom, the cowboys and pioneering women they met, and the violent kidnapping of a close friend. Central to their narrative is Ferry Carpenter, the witty, idealistic, and occasionally outrageous young lawyer and cattle rancher who hired them, in part because he thought they would make attractive and cultivated brides. None of them imagined the transforming effect the year would have—on the children, the families, and the teachers.

Executive Editor of The New Yorker

Wickenden has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996.  She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast “The Political Scene.” She is on the faculty of The Writers’ Institute at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where she teaches a course on narrative nonfiction. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995 and before that was the longtime executive editor at The New Republic.

Free Author Evenings

This is part of a series of free author evenings presented by sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries, the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and sponsored by KUNC Radio and Hilton Fort Collins.

For more about the Spring Author Series visit the website.

For more about Dorothy Wickenden, including a video about "Nothing Daunted" visit her website.

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