Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Women Trailblazers-Janice Nimura & Allison Gilbert


Janice Nimura
The Doctors Blackwell

Janice  Nimura received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on The Doctors Blackwell, a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in biography. Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. 

Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Rumpus, and LitHub, among other publications.

Allison Gilbert
Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman

Allison Gilbert is co-author of the forthcoming book Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman, the first biography of Robinson who once the most influential newspaper columnist in the United States. 

She is host “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories,” a 20-part documentary series produced in collaboration with Wondrium and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Allison is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. 

She writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Allison Gilbert lives in New York with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting www.allisongilbert.com.


Janice Nimura’s Pulitzer 2022 finalist book The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine is a biography of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell.  In 1849, Elizabeth became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician. Exploring the sisters’ allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. 

Allison Gilbert’s biography, Listen, World, is the first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of. She was a well-known columnist from 1921-1956 and she became the highest-paid woman in the Hearst organization. 

Elsie was also part of the Crowell family in Brattleboro. She married Christie Crowell and they had a son, George. They all lived together, for a time, at Lindenhurst.


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