In White Collar Girl, bestselling author Renee Rosen explores The Chicago Tribune newsroom in the 1950’s. Based on Rosen’s extensive research and hours of interviews with former Chicago Tribune employees, White Collar Girl is set in the boisterous world of 1950’s Chicago, where Jordan Walsh, a woman from a family of esteemed reporters—and with connections to luminaries like Mike Royko, Nelson Algren, and Ernest Hemingway—struggles to be taken seriously when she’s hired as a society reporter at The Chicago Tribune.
Former Tribune editor Marion Purcelli was one of the employees Rosen consulted with (and was inspired by) when creating the lead character of her novel, and on November 18 at 6pm at After-Words Bookstore, 23 E. Illinois, Rosen and Purcelli will speak about how Purcelli’s experiences as a woman breaking through the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry informed Rosen’s book.
Praised for her ability to bring history to life, Rosen’s fascinating novel captures the inner workings of a 1950’s newsroom and the essence of living in a time when career-minded women were not taken seriously and men dominated the workplace. Packed with moments of palpable tension, excitement, and a hint of romance, White Collar Girl is an extraordinary tribute to an important time in Chicago’s history and one of the Windy City’s most illustrious institutions.
About the Organizer
This event is organized by the Chicago Book Expo, a free celebration of all things local and literary, with over 90 local presses and authors selling their books and over a dozen readings, workshops, and panel discussions. It happens Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 11am to 5pm at Columbia College Chicago; find out more at www.chicagobookexpo.org.
About the Speakers
Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of What the Lady Wants and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Her acclaimed novels expertly combine Chicago’s rich history with remarkable storytelling. She lives in Chicago. Visit her online at ReneeRosen.com, Facebook.com/ReneeRosenAuthor, and @ReneeRosen1.
The day after she graduated from high school, Marion Purcelli began working for the Chicago Tribune, where she spent the next 27 years of her career. She started her career as a copy girl, then in the radio-TV department. She began doing the program listings and soon graduated to editing the work of others, doing layout, design, and makeup of the Sunday TV pages, and, ultimately, did all the spade work for creation of the TV Week, for which she also wrote. After her success in writing news stories for the daily paper about television coverage of the Kennedy assassination, she became an associate editor of the Sunday Magazine, focusing on entertainment stories. In the early 70s she became assistant to the Sunday Features editor, and shortly thereafter was appointed editor of the Sunday Lifestyle section. In late 1976 she left the Tribune to become vice president of corporate communications for a large real estate firm whose main business was condominium conversion.