Upcoming Tour Dates with Anastasia Curwood, author of “Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics”

Historian and author Anastasia Curwood will be touring (in-person, unless otherwise noted as virtual) to discuss her new book, Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics, a cradle-to-grave biography offering the fullest picture yet of the life, political career, and legacy of Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for President of the United States exactly 50 years ago, was—as Curwood makes clear in her book—one of the most consequential Black women of the 20th century. 

“A well-rounded portrait of the late politician, who, half a century ago, helped set the tone for contemporary Black and feminist politics . . . Curwood deftly reveals Chisholm’s complexities and sometimes secretive nature as well as her tenacity in political struggles . . . A model political biography that all modern activists should read.” 

—Kirkus Reviews (*STARRED* review) 


January 8: Housing Works Bookstore (Manhattan, NYC) 
January 9: Greenlight Bookstore, Prospect Lefferts Gardens (Brooklyn) – in-conversation with Barbara Winslow
January 11: Harvard Bookstore (Boston)  
January 12: Source Booksellers (virtual) – in-conversation with Andrea J. Plaid
January 15: Politics & Prose (Conn Ave store, DC) – in-conversation with Jaimee A. Swift of Black Women Radicals  
January 17: Red Emma’s (Baltimore) – in-conversation with Jacqui Patterson of the Shirley Chisholm Legacy Project  
January 18: Busboys & Poets (DC) – in-conversation with Nadia Brown 
February 1: Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, KY)

February 8: City Lights Bookstore (Virtual only)  
March 20: Charis Bookstore (Atlanta
Date TBD: Square Books (Oxford, MS)

“A vivid biographical assessment of a remarkable woman, Shirley Chisholm reminds us of Chisholm’s legacy & makes her absence on the current political scene seem even more profound.”

Foreword Reviews (*STARRED* review) 

“Accessible and enlightening, this is a well-rounded portrait of a pioneering politician.”

—Publishers Weekly 

Anastasia C. Curwood is Professor and Chair of History and Director of Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars (UNC Press) and Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics (UNC Press, out in January 2023).