Double Launch Event For She Persisted: Virginia Apgar & She Persisted: Nellie Bly

Double Launch Event For She Persisted: Virginia Apgar & She Persisted: Nellie Bly
Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:00PM EST

Please join Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Sayantani DasGupta and Michelle Knudsen for an inspiring conversation and live audience Q&A on Thursday, April 29th at 5PM EST via Crowdcast where they will discuss SHE PERSISTED: VIRGINIA APGAR and SHE PERSISTED: NELLIE BLY, the fourth and fifth nonfiction books in the chapter book series inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, She Persisted! The conversation will be moderated by the series editor, Jill Santopolo.

Celebrate the new installments of this amazing series with Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Sayantani DasGupta and Michelle Knudsen on Thursday, April 29th at 5pm EST via CrowdcastAges 6 & Up.

This is a free event, but consider purchasing a book for yourself or for donation to Reading is Fundamental (RIF).

SHE PERSISTED: VIRGINIA APGAR and SHE PERSISTED: NELLIE BLY are both available in paperback and hardcover. Hardcover editions will be signed, while supplies last.

Please note that SHE PERSISTED: NELLIE BLY does not go on sale until May 4, 2021 and will be shipped after this event.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, which was praised in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as a “lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." She is also the author of Grandmas Gardens, co-written with Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as the New York Times bestsellers She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game; Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, co-written with Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?, co-written with Devi Sridhar. Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their children, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at

Sayantani DasGupta ( is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale, and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which--The Serpent's Secret--was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century, and an EB White Read Aloud Honor Book. Sayantani is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. When she's not writing or reading, Sayantani spends time watching cooking shows with her trilingual children and protecting her black Labrador retriever Khushi from the many things that scare him, including plastic bags. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books. You can follow Sayantani on Twitter @sayantani16.

Michelle Knudsen ( is the New York Times bestselling author of fifty books for young readers of all ages, including the award-winning picture book Library Lion, which was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Best Children's Books of All Time. Her other books include the picture book Marilyn's Monster (one of NPR's Best Books of 2015) and the novels The Dragon of Trelian (VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers) and Evil Librarian (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and winner of the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor). Michelle also works as a freelance editor and writing teacher and serves on the Writing for Young People MFA faculty at Lesley University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow her on Twitter @michelleknudsen and on Instagram @michelle.knudsen.

Jill Santopolo is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the associate publisher of Philomel Books. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. A New Yorker at heart, Jill is currently living in Washington, D.C.

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