On Wednesday May 22 at 6:30 Stellina’s long-running series AUTHOR’S NIGHT returns with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist EILEEN McNAMARA and her acclaimed biography “EUNICE: THE KENNEDY WHO CHANGED THE WORLD.”
AUTHOR’S NIGHT is a FREE EVENT. A cash bar is available for the use of our guests, and copies of Ms. McNamara’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers.
Stay in your seats after the talk for DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR! Continue the conversation over cocktails, appetizers, entrees and/or desserts. All food and beverage is a la carte and there are no additional charges.
Reservations are not required for the talk, but they are suggested for the dinner. Please call Stellina at 617-924-9475 to reserve your seats and insure prompt confirmation.
This Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy.
While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, in Eunice, Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister Rosemary; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America’s promise of equality.
Granted access to never-before-seen private papers—from the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London to her thoughts on motherhood and feminism—McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.
“An ace reporter and an artful storyteller, Eileen McNamara has rendered an indelible portrait of a Kennedy sibling every bit as savvy and accomplished as her celebrated brothers. Indispensable.”
—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast and Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
“[McNamara’s] biography is neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job, but a frank and nuanced assessment of a complicated woman…. Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver certainly was, but she used her prickly personality (and the Kennedy fortune) for the lasting benefit of others. Famous for her indifference to such social niceties as good grooming and good manners, she would likely have appreciated Eileen McNamara’s forthright portrait.”
—The Boston Globe
Profile of the Author
Eileen McNamara is Director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis. A Professor of the Practice of Journalism since 2007, she was previously an award-winning reporter and columnist for The Boston Globe, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and contributed to the coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Her writing continues to appear there and on Cognoscenti, the commentary pages of WBUR.org, Boston’s National Public Radio station.