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Maria Smilios: THE BLACK ANGELS (with Laurie Gwen Shapiro)

The Ivy is delighted to welcome Maria Smilios, author of THE BLACK ANGELS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE NURSES WHO HELPED CURE TUBERCULOSIS! Like the bestselling books Hidden Figures and The Warmth of Other Suns, this luminous true account tells the incredible, never-before-told story of the intrepid women (dubbed the Black Angels by their patients) who fled the segregated South to work at Sea View, an 1,800 municipal tuberculosis sanatorium.

Deeply researched and vibrantly told with intimacy and exquisite detail, THE BLACK ANGELS captures the beauty and drama of science, sickness, and the fight for equality while providing fascinating insight into some of the timeliest and most pressing medical issues today. 

Join us for an evening with this remarkable researcher and storyteller in celebration of the groundbreaking historical contributions of this book. We're lucky that award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Laurie Gwen Shapiro will join Maria Smilios in conversation.

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A New York City native, MARIA SMILIOS has a Master of Arts in religion and literature from Boston University, where she was a Luce Scholar and a Presidential Scholar. Smilios spent five years at Springer Science & Business Media as development editor in the biomedical sciences and has written for The Guardian, American Nurse, The Forward, Narratively, The Rumpus, and DAME Magazine.

Laurie Gwen Shapiro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Her writing has been featured in esteemed publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Slate, among others. She received an Independent Spirit Award for directing IFC's Keep the River on Your Right and earned an Emmy nomination for HBO's Finishing Heaven. In 2022, Shapiro won the Silurians Press Awards Gold Medallion for Best People Profile with her piece, "He Bombed the Nazis, Outwitted the Soviets and Modernized Christmas," published in The New York Times. She also received the 2021 GANYC Apple Award for Best NYC Essay or Article for "The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes" in The New Yorker. Her best-selling debut full-length nonfiction work, The Stowaway, was published by Simon & Schuster and was an Indie Next selection. Shapiro's forthcoming nonfiction book, Amelia and George, will be published by Viking Books. She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at New York University.






Event Details

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop - Back Patio, 5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

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