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Author Jill Lepore to be featured at 2nd Annual Buffalo Humanities Festival

This year’s Buffalo Humanities Festival, which runs from Wednesday, Sept. 23rd to Saturday, Sept. 26th, will feature speaker Jill Lepore, Harvard history professor and author of the bestselling book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

Lepore will speak at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Friday, Sept. 25th at 8pm. Tickets are available at the Buffalo Humanities Festival website. VIP ticket holders will also be able to attend a wine and cheese reception with the author at 7pm.

The Wall Street Journal calls Lepore’s book “lively, surprising, and occasionally salacious” while NPR says that it “relates a tale so improbable, so juicy, it’ll have you saying ‘Merciful Minerva!’”

Lepore will also be available for a book signing after her talk. Talking Leaves Books will be on hand selling hard copies of The Secret History of Wonder Woman as well as Lepore’s other works, including The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin.

During her lecture at the Festival, Lepore will discuss the history of the popular superheroine in the context of the struggle for women’s rights in America. Her book tells the story of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, who had ties to Margaret Sanger of Planned Parenthood fame. He was a strong advocate for women’s rights and access to contraception, and he regarded Wonder Woman as “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see a bestselling author and historian live in Buffalo!



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