Best selling author Julia Scheeres discusses her new book, "Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America's Most-Read Woman," in conversation with SF Chronicle columnist and history podcaster, Heather Knight.
100 years ago, American newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson pushed readers to rethink gender inequality. Media powerhouse William Randolph Hearst hired Robinson and made her the highest-paid woman writer in his company. For more than 30 years, Robinson shared her blistering and unapologetic opinions in support of women's rights and immigrants; deriding capital punishment, racism, and anti-Semitism; and urging women to realize bigger, more fulfilling lives. A writer who used her national platform to defy social mores, Robinson’s “Listen, World!” column reached more than 20 million readers, making her one of the most famous people in the country.
Julia Scheeres is a freelance writer and editor and the New York Times-bestselling author of Jesus Land and A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She is based in Northern California. She cut her teeth at a weekly community paper called La Prensa San Diego, writing in English and Spanish, and worked her way up to the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Heather Knight is a columnist working out of San Francisco’s City Hall and covering everything from politics to homelessness to family flight and the quirks of living in one of the most fascinating cities in the world.