The New Century Club invites the public to attend a Book Breakfast review and discussion of “Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World,” a new biography by Matthew Goodman.
The book recounts the 1889 attempt by two female reporters to beat the fictional globe-circling of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg, a character in his book — “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Nellie Bly, a Western Pennsylvania native who began her reporting career in Pittsburgh, traveled east for Joseph Pulitzer’s The World, a New York newspaper fighting to maintain the largest circulation figures in a city of 19 daily newspapers. Elizabeth Bisland, a literary writer for Cosmopolitan magazine, headed west in an attempt to beat Bly and to reinvigorate the declining sales of the magazine.
Dr. Pat Heilman, retired Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor of journalism, will be the reviewer. She will also briefly examine the role of “stunt journalism” in opening doors to newspaper employment for women reporters. In addition, she will illustrate the international fame and celebrity Bly obtained by performing this stunt.
Familiarity with the book is not required to attend and enjoy the review.
The Book Breakfast will take place at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 6 in the dining room at St. Andrew’s Village, 1155 Indian Springs Road, White Township. Reserved, marked parking is available at the end of the parking lot. The cost for nonsubscribers to the series is $5. A continental breakfast, donated by St. Andrew’s, will be served. All proceeds from these breakfasts are donated to the Indiana Free Library.