March Book Event Re-Scheduled for May 18

Government girls and their dates play tourist on the Capitol lawn in 1943.

The Lipstick Brigade, by Cindy GueiliUPDATE: The book talk with Cindy Gueli has been RESCHEDULED for May 18 at noon in Ketchum Hall.

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1960 promotional image of journalist Mary McGrory (credit: The Washingtonia Collection, District of Columbia Library)

Mary McGrory in 1960 (credit: The Washingtonia Collection, District of Columbia Library)

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is planning two book events in March. On Thursday, March 10, author John Norris will discuss his work on Washington journalist Mary McGrory with Don Ritchie, historian emeritus of the Senate. On Wednesday, May 18, Cindy Gueli will discuss her recent book about women government workers during WWII. Both events are at noon and will be held in Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building (200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002). They are free and open to the public.


NorrisJohn Norris, author of Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism, is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He has served in a number of senior roles in government, international institutions, and nonprofits, including with the United Nations, the State Department, and the International Crisis Group. Norris has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and numerous other publications.

news-release-March-2016-book-events-Ritchie-headshotDon Ritchie, historian emeritus of the Senate, spent four decades providing historical information about the Senate to reporters and often interviewed them about their work.  The result was three books about the media: American Journalists: Getting the Story; Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents; and Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps.

news-release-March-2016-book-event-Gueli-headshotCindy Gueli will speak about her latest book, Lipstick Brigade: The Untold True Story of Washington’s World War II Government Girls. Gueli is an author and media professional who worked as a consultant on Showtime’s The Untold History of The United States, a reporter and producer for Associated Press Television News, VH1, and A&E, and host of the web series “Scandalous Washington.” She has written and lectured widely on American social, cultural, and pop culture history. She received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in communications and master’s and doctorate degrees in history from American University. For more about Gueli and Washington’s Lipstick Brigade, visit her website or find her on Twitter @historybyte.