Ales & Ideas presents North and South in Dialogue: the Women of the Civil War with Marianne Monson

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the November event for the 2018-19 first-Thursday Ales & Ideas lectures.  On Thursday, November 1st,  CCC presents North and South in Dialogue: the Women of the Civil War with Marianne Monson,  who will offer a unique twist on Day of the Dead by sharing stories of remarkable American women who lived (and died) during the US Civil War era.  Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. Minors are welcome. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria.

Marianne Monson’s new book, Women of the Blue and Gray: True Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies of the Civil War, 2018, has been praised by Publishers Weekly for biographies that "zing with personality and page-turning prose." Booklist said, "Monson succeeds impressively in her mission." And Kindle describes how, “North, South, black, white, Native American, immigrant—the women in [Monson’s]micro-drama biographies are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons during wartime to counseling President Lincoln on strategy; from tending to the wounded on the battlefield to spiriting away slaves through the Underground Railroad; from donning a uniform and fighting unrecognized alongside the men to working as spies for either side.” Join local Astoria author for a conversation about her process, her research trip through the South, and the relevance of the project in today's political climate. 

Marianne Monson is the author of eleven books for children and adults with an emphasis on women's history. Her book Frontier Grit, released in 2016, was nominated for an Amelia Bloomer award by the American Library Association. Marianne holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at CCC. When she moved to Astoria in 2017, she felt for the first time she was truly home.  

Attachments: Marianne Monson, portrait

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