Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati presents Denise Kiernan
A lively and engaging speaker, Denise Kiernan is an award-winning and best-selling author, journalist and producer who offers a unique look at periods of American history that have influenced what our country is today. Kiernan’s talk on Monday, March 30, 2020 – Grit and Grace: Feminist Inspiration from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age – will address the dramatically changed roles of women from the 1870s into modern times and the impact this had had on our society, government, and economic development.
Her best known book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (2013), is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPR best seller and was named one of Amazon’s “Top 100 Best Books of 2013. The book traces the story of the women who worked on the Manhattan Project in Oakridge, Tennessee, unknowingly helping to create the fuel for the world’s first atomic bomb. Published in seven languages, the book was awarded the 2014 American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the United States on government, politics, or international affairs.
Kiernan’s most recent book, The Last Castle (2017), tells the epic story behind the Biltmore estate in Asheville and the legendary Vanderbilt family during America’s Gilded Age — how one fiercely devoted woman was able to save the extraordinary home her husband loved. With guest appearances by Edith Wharton, Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Teddy Roosevelt, The Last Castle spans world wars, financial crises, and unspeakable tragedy. Like The Girls of Atomic City, it too was a runaway bestseller and a finalist for two prestigious literary prizes.
As a journalist, Kiernan has had her work published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Readers’ Digest, Discover, and many other publications. Kiernan has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and has produced pieces for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC. Throughout her career, she has been a featured guest on many radio and television shows, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.