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Emily Herring Wilson will speak on Eleanor Roosevelt

Emily Herring Wilson

Emily Herring Wilson

UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries will host a book discussion of “The Three Graces of Val-Kill” with author Emily Herring Wilson on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

“The Three Graces of Val-Kill” changes the way readers think about Eleanor Roosevelt. In her book, Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt’s life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land.

In the early years, the three women—the “three graces,” as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them—were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family and for New York’s progressive women.

Wilson, who resides in Winston-Salem,  is author of “No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence” and co-author of “North Carolina Women: Making History.” Wilson graduated from Woman’s College (now UNCG), in 1961 and attended graduate school at Wake Forest University in 1962.

The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by University Libraries, Greensboro Bound Literary Festival and the North Carolina Literary Map.

Photograph courtesy of Ken Bennett.