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March 28, 2001

Author Dispels Molly Brown Myth

Professor and author Kristen Iversen will read excerpts from her latest novel, Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in Mendocino 1003 at California State University, Sacramento.

Through magazines, books, a Broadway musical and a Hollywood movie, Margaret Tobin Brown became "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," but in the process her life story was distorted beyond recognition. Even her name was changed - she was never known as Molly during her lifetime.

Iversen's Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth is the first full-length biography of this American icon, and the story it tells is of a passionate and outspoken crusader for civil rights.

Iversen's novel is particularly adept at placing Brown in the context of her times and at reexamining the Gilded Age of the early 20th century.

Iverson, a professor at San Josè State University, is a recent winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography, the Biennial Barbara Sudler Award for best book written on a Western American subject and a finalist for the WILLA Award for Nonfiction.

For more information about the reading call (916) 278-6925. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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