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 pickaxe 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.
New York Times bestselling author Julia Scheeres will be in conversation with Martha Ross, a Walnut Creek native and features writer for the Mercury News and East Bay Times at the Walnut Creek Library on June 13th at 7 PM.
Program sponsors are East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press Lafayette.
NOTE: Masks are strongly encouraged for program attendees ages 2 and older.