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Julia Scheeres with Martha Ross – Listen, World!
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Author Event: Bio, Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of
The first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of.
At thirty-five, Elsie Robinson feared she’d lost it all. Reeling from a scandalous divorce in 1917, she had no means to support herself and her chronically ill son. She dreamed of becoming a writer and was willing to sacrifice everything for this goal, even swinging a pickax in a gold mine to pay the bills.
When the mine shut down, she moved to the Bay Area. Armed with moxie and samples of her work, she barged into the offices of the Oakland Tribune and was hired on the spot. She went on to become a nationally syndicated columnist and household name whose column ran for over thirty years and garnered more than twenty million readers.
Told in cinematic detail by bestselling author Julia Scheeres and award-winning journalist Allison Gilbert, Listen, World! is the inspiring story of a timeless maverick, capturing what it means to take a gamble on self-fulfillment and find freedom along the way.
Julia Scheeres is the New York Times bestselling author of three books: Jesus Land, a memoir, A Thousand Lives, a history of the Jonestown tragedy, and Listen, World! a biography of Hearst columnist Elsie Robinson.
Martha Ross is a features writer for the Mercury News, East Bay Times and Bay Area News Group, who covers everything and anything related to popular culture, society, health, women’s issues and families. A native of the East Bay and a graduate of Northwestern University and Mills College, she’s also a former hard-news and investigative reporter, covering crime and local politics.
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