‘Curveball’ author to speak at Athol library Thursday

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ATHOL — Athol Public Library will host an evening with author Martha Ackmann on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ackmann, who wrote “Curveball,” about Toni Stone, a woman ballplayer in the Negro Leagues, is a journalist, author and editor who writes about women who have changed America.

Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications around the country.

A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the nation’s newspapers, Ackmann focuses on science, women’s history, medicine, politics and sports. She is also a commentator for National Public Radio.

She has been featured on many television and radio programs, including the “Today” show, CNN, BBC and Voice of America programs.

Ackmann’s book, “The Mercury 13,” tells the story of 13 women pilots who secretly tested to become America’s first woman in space. Her newest book, “Curveball,” recounts the life of Stone, known as baseball’s “female Jackie Robinson.”

Born and raised in St. Louis, Ackmann has worked as a high school journalism teacher, an editorial writer, a radio reporter and an instructor of countless sections of freshmen composition. In her early 20s, she worked as a media publicist and wrote plot synopses for TV Guide. She summarized every episode of “I Love Lucy” and “Leave it to Beaver.”

Martha Ackmann now lives in rural western Massachusetts where she resides among amiable neighbors that include moose, bobcat, wild turkeys and an occasional bear. She is writing a new book about poet Emily Dickinson, tentatively titled “Vesuvius at Home.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Ackmann, visit: www.marthaackmann.com. Also, visit: www.athollibrary.org.