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Book signing showcases faculty authors

9/23/2009 —

In their latest publications, two Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty members chose to highlight historic women. However, the contributions these featured women made, or are making, to history affect two distinctly different areas—one is making her mark in the court of politics, the others are making their mark on the tennis court.


In "Almost Madam President: Why Hillary Clinton 'Won' in 2008," Nichola Gutgold, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, looks at the historic presidential bid of Hillary Clinton; and in "Women Tennis Stars: Biographies and Records of Champions, 1800s to Today," Dennis Phillips, associate librarian, profiles champions who had significant impact both on and off the court.


Both authors will read an excerpt from their books and sign copies at 1 p.m. on October 27 in the auditorium (room 135) at the campus in Center Valley. This event is free and open to the public.


"Almost Madam President," published in July 2009 by Lexington Books, is an account of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid with special emphasis on her communication skills and media coverage, from her sophisticated You Tube style announcement speech to her ardent campaigning on behalf of her rival, Barack Obama, and the stump speeches, plentiful debates, and notable media moments in between. 


"All around the world, women are presidents and prime ministers, yet in America, we have yet to elect the first woman president," says Gutgold. "Hillary Clinton won almost 18 million votes, and was the first front-runner woman candidate. I wanted this book to be a rhetorical journey through the 2008 primary and analyze the role communication played in how close Clinton came to being the Democratic nominee."


"Women Tennis Stars," (McFarland 2009) is a collection of photos, biographies, and statistics of 35 champions that changed, and continue to affect, the game of tennis.


"A number of the photos used in the book were donated by the estate of acclaimed tennis photographer Carol Newsom, who also holds the distinction of being the first female granted a press pass to Centre Court at Wimbledon," said Phillips. "Sadly, Newsom passed away in 2003 from breast cancer. I was so moved by the generosity of her estate in providing the photos that I have decided to donate the royalties from the sale of the book to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®."

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