Virtual Event – Kate Moore
June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Kate Moore, best selling author of The Radium Girls, for a virtual event in celebration of her new book, The Woman They Could Not Silence.
“Told with the urgency and passion of a novel, Kate Moore’s deeply researched and thrilling study of Elizabeth Packard’s fight against the power of psychiatric patriarchy in 19th century America will keep you up at night and illuminate women’s ongoing battles for authority and respect.” – Elaine Showalter, literary critic, Professor Emerita, Princeton University, and author of The Female Malady
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and Facebook Live. To register in advance for the event on Zoom visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BqvBU6P9Tsicewo1VYjmTw.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the event on Thursday June 24 at 7:00 pm CT.
The Woman They Could Not Silence will be published on June 22. To pre-order a copy visit Magic City Books or shop online: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/the-woman-they-could-not-silence/535.
About The Woman They Could Not Silence
From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Radium Girls comes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today.
1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened–by Elizabeth’s intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So Theophilus makes a plan to put his wife back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum.
The horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man who will prove to be even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. But most disturbing is that Elizabeth is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same story: they’ve been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line–conveniently labeled crazy so their voices are ignored.
No one is willing to fight for their freedom and, disenfranchised both by gender and the stigma of their supposed madness, they cannot possibly fight for themselves. But Elizabeth is about to discover that the merit of losing everything is that you then have nothing to lose…
Bestselling author Kate Moore brings her sparkling narrative voice to The Woman They Could Not Silence, an unputdownable story of the forgotten woman who courageously fought for her own freedom–and in so doing freed millions more. Elizabeth’s refusal to be silenced and her ceaseless quest for justice not only challenged the medical science of the day, and led to a giant leap forward in human rights, it also showcased the most salutary lesson: sometimes, the greatest heroes we have are those inside ourselves.
Kate Moore is a New York Times best selling writer with more than a decade’s experience writing and ghosting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2015 she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called ‘These Shining Lives.’ She lives in the UK. Visit her at www.kate-moore.com.