Williamsburg, VA –Author Feather Schwartz Foster, a Williamsburg resident, will be discussing some of the White House Weddings at a dinner for some of the students of Oak Crest High School, Mays Landing, NJ. The students will be touring Presidents Park in Williamsburg, VA.
.According to the author, “Only three First Ladies actually married Presidents: Julia Tyler, the second Mrs. John Tyler, Frances Cleveland, who married Grover Cleveland, and Edith Wilson, the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. The rest of them married just plain men – and at a time when the presidency wasn’t even on the horizon.” The program will be devoted to a discussion of those courtships and marriages.
According to Foster, “Ladies: A Conjecture….” is a book of voices. In it, First Ladies between Martha Washington and Mamie Eisenhower tell their own stories – or, to be more exact, whatever they want – in their own words and in their own styles. It crosses boundaries between fact, conjecture and, most importantly, centuries. Through dialogue-boxes, the Ladies talk to each other across Eternity, where anything is possible. The Modern First Ladies, from Mrs. Kennedy through Mrs. Clinton participate in commentary. “The old gals talk to the reader and they talk amongst themselves. They talk about their husbands, and their children, and the White House, and the times they lived in. And, of course, politics
“LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities” allows First Ladies from Martha Washington through Mamie Eisenhower to “write” their own chapters, and everyone – including the modern FLs (Jacqueline Kennedy through Hillary Clinton) chime in with commentary. It is an entertainment, not a tome. “Of course ‘LADIES….’ Is a work of fiction,” says Foster. “After all, it is truly a conjecture of their personalities. But it is all based on the facts of their lives, the lives of their husbands and the times they lived in. Most biographies of First Ladies are dull – full of ‘almanac stuff.’ This books livens things up – especially when the Ladies cross the centuries through Eternity and talk to each other.”
Author Feather Schwartz Foster has been an “amateur” (non-academic) presidential historian for three decades. Following a long career in advertising and having written a score of children’s musical shows, she has decided to draw on her thousand-plus volume personal presidential library and her love of history by penning “LADIES: A Conjecture….” Her second novel, “Garfield’s Train” deals with President James Garfield’s death in Long Branch, NJ in 1881. A children’s book, “T: An Auto-Biography” about a Model-T Ford was recently published. A new non-fiction, “Presidential Lovebirds” is awaiting publication.
Author Foster has made more than 200 presentations about the “old gals” to various groups throughout the state.
For more information, contact the author at www.featherfoster.com. Or call 757-221-0589.