Palos Fine Arts is very excited to announce that we will be welcoming Amy Stewart for this year’s Palos Reads and her book Girl Waits with Gun.
The event will take place October 10th, 2019 Stay tuned for more details, and additional Author/Book programs with our partner libraries: Palos Park Library, Green Hills Library, Palos Heights Library.
Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of ten books, including Girl Waits with Gun and the rest of the Kopp Sisters series, which are based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs and her two rambunctious sisters.
The books are in development with Amazon Studios for a television series.
She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.
THE STORY BEHIND THE KOPP SISTERS SERIES
Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters novels tell the story of one of America's first female deputy sheriffs, Constance Kopp. By fictionalizing her real life, and exploring the cases she actually worked on, the novels collectively tell the story of a pioneering woman in law enforcement. The first four in the series, set in Hackensack, NJ in the 1910s, have sent Constance on a manhunt to catch an escaped fugitive, viewed the inside of a girls' reformatory and an insane asylum, and examined a type of early probation system designed to keep so-called "wayward" girls out of jail and on the right track. Future installments will continue to follow Constance and her sisters as all three of them continued, in real life, to work in crime-fighting and detective work in different ways through the 1920s.
Stewart stumbled across a 1914 newspaper article about the Kopps and went on to uncover their amazing history through genealogical archives, court records, old newspapers, and interviews with family members. In her lively and engaging talk about her research and her journey through this forgotten history, Stewart shares photographs and stories about these extraordinary women and the fascinating historical background that shaped their world a hundred years ago