In a flash of inspiration, Nancy B. Kennedy realized the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote was approaching. Was there a book in that? Of course! Suffrage books were releasing right and left. But she found a gap—the middle grade market was wide open. Inspiring women were having a moment, and Nancy wanted to get in on it.
In February 2020, the Norton Young Readers imprint of W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Nancy’s book, “Women Win the Vote: 19 for the 19th Amendment.” She’s sewing a suffragette dress, donning her “Votes for Women” sash and getting ready for the big day. She’s visiting all the big suffrage sites, including the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York, where the first women’s rights convention was held in 1848.
“I’m so excited about this book!” she says. “I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, the long-time home of both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. I know all the abolitionist, suffrage and reform hotspots in the area. That part of New York State bred fierce activists.”
The suffrage book will be Nancy’s eighth book, many of which are collections of true-life stories. Cracker Barrel found a place in its stores nationwide for her book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains, one of four books in a series. And for her book, How We Did It, she interviewed three dozen people who had succeeded at weight loss.
Nancy holds a degree in journalism from Penn State and worked in newspapers for many years, including a stint at Dow Jones in its pioneering electronic news service. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the online Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives—and votes!—in Hopewell, New Jersey, with her husband, John, and son, Evan (when he’s home from college).