Bedford author to attend festival

Bedford author Muriel L. Dubois will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 9th annual National Book Festival. New Hampshire’s Center for the Book has chosen her children’s book, To My Countrywomen: The Life of Sarah Josepha Hale, to represent the Granite State. The event takes place on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

To My Countrywomen is a biography of Newport native Hale, known as the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” Hale was instrumental in establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She also was America’s first woman editor, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and an advocate of women’s property and educational rights.

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