Meet “Eighty Days” Author Matthew Goodman and Celebrate Adventuring Women

Book cover for Eighty Days by Matthew GoodmanIn 1889, two female journalists set off in a dramatic race to travel around the world in record time. Historian Matthew Goodman tells this captivating tale in his book “Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World.” Goodman immerses us in the history of the places they visit, the steamship lines, the Thomas Cook Company, competition between newspaper empires and turn-of-the-century obsession with travel. Goodman will be in Columbia October 15-17, and the library is offering two programs as part of his visit to Mid-Missouri.

Daring and Adventurous Journeys
Thursday, October 17 › 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Inspired by Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world, we present a panel of intrepid modern-day women whose journeys, voluntary and involuntary, have tested their determination, courage and endurance. Author Matthew Goodman will lead this discussion and explore some of the challenges faced by women today. Refreshments will be served.

Meet Author Matthew Goodman
Thursday, October 17 › 7-8:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Matthew Goodman will talk about writing the historical narrative “80 Days” and the remarkable lives of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

To learn about other events celebrating “Eighty Days,” including a film and reception for the author, see the full listing of programs on the Boone County Historical Society’s website.

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