Kate Manning will talk about her new book "My Notorious Life" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Barrett Bookstore, Noroton Heights Shopping Center, 314 Heights Road, Darien.
Manning attended Middlesex Middle School and a year of Darien High School. Her family then moved to California but she returned to the East Coast where she attended Middlebury College and graduated from Yale University.
"My Notorious Life" is inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. Set in late-19th century New York City, "My Notorious Life" is the story of Axie Muldoon, who works her way off the brutal streets to become one of the most successful -- and scan dalous -- women of her time. With a quick wit and a sharp tongue, Axie recounts her separation from her mother and siblings, her apprenticeship to a midwife, and how she earns a fortune selling "lunar tablets for the relief of female obstruction." As she builds her thriving midwifery practice with her husband, ascending from one room in a tenement on the Lower East Side to a mansion on Fifth Avenue, she finds herself on a collision course with one of the most zealous characters of her era: Anthony Comstock, whose self-appointed mission is to clean up America one "sinner" at a time. It will take all of Axie's power to outwit him and keep her family from falling back into ruin.
A former documentary television producer for WNET-13, where she won two Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Brotherhood Award, Manning has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Glamour and More. She is the author of the novel "Whitegirl," and is an adjunct faculty member of the English Department at Bard High School Early College. She lives with her family in New York City.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so reservations are requested and may be made by calling 203-655-2712.