Stephanie discusses the most vilified women in history and the role mythology played in their image, then and now.
Presentation: Bad Girls of the Ancient World
by Stephanie Dray | Aug 22, 2011 | Bad Girls of the Ancient World, Lily of the Nile, My Works, Song of the Nile, Upcoming Events | 9 comments
OHH MAN! Wish I was close to DC! That would be awesome to meet you and get a book signed!!
Perhaps I’ll be in your neck of the woods sometime! I’d love to meet you.
That would be awesome. It would make me very happy!
Sounds awesome! I know you will knock their socks off!
I live only about two hours away, but I’m totally broke so can’t afford the gas, otherwise I’d be there.
I hope there will be another time we can catch up!
I so wish I could be there!
Well, I have to admit, today wasn’t the best day to be in DC. I hoped to give a presentation that would rock the audience’s world, but I hadn’t counted on making the earth move, literally! I didn’t even know earthquakes were really possible in this area. 😛
Here’s what happened when Stephanie rocked our world at the Library of Congress:
Actually, Stephanie, the guest speaker for the Library of Congress What if . . . Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum, and Tom Doyle, a great supporter (and writer) of science fiction, and I were on the second floor of the Hunan Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill about a block from the Library of Congress, eating Kung Pao chicken (with chopsticks)and Kung Pao tofu. (Stephanie’s talk on “Bad Girls of the Ancient World” was fantastic, by the way!)
When everything started shaking and jumping up and down, I said, “Hey, you know, we’re at ground zero,” thinking we were across the street from the Capitol, and kept eating. Stephanie and Tom jumped up to run to the windows that looked over the street. (Some of the people in the restaurant were yelling in alarm!) They came back and said people were milling on the sidewalk. I just kept on eating (you know, it’s hard to get a lot of food with those chopsticks, so I was just halfway through my meal.)
I then said, to Stephanie and Tom’s horror, “Well, the subway runs
right under here going from Capitol South to Eastern Market. Maybe a
terrorist set off a bomb under us.” They looked at me with astonishment. I think I started laughing like a loon. Stephanie got through to her husband, who told her it was an earthquake.
We all went on eating our lunch, and then we paid the bill and went outside, where everyone had been evacuated from the federal buildings. We hung around a few hours hoping to get back in my office to get Stephanie’s computer and rolling suitcase with copies of her books in it, but no go. Fortunately, Stephanie was parked in an outside parking lot, and was able to drive home (north of Baltimore). I told her I’d get her suitcase to her somehow. Tom went off to the subway. I connected with my carpool mate, but we couldn’t get our car out of the LOC underground parking garage, so we took a harrowing trip on the subway out to the edge of the world. It took about 4 hours to get home.
Hey, it was an adventure!