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Author Event: An Independent Woman on Independence Day

Prince is the author of a number of terrific books about fascinating people and historical events, and like American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer (also Chicago Review Press), Queen of the Mountaineers will not disappoint.

Additionally she wrote: Death in the Baltic: The WWII Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff received the 2013 Military Writers Society of America Founders Award. A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science (Prometheus, 2010) won the Connecticut Press Club's 2011 Book Award in Non-Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in General/Non-Fiction at the 2011 New England Book Festival Book Awards.

For years Prince was a contributing correspondent to The Christian Science Monitor. While in Switzerland she covered the Nazi Gold Crisis, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Swiss Parliament, and a wire tapping scandal. She also got to write about cow fights and chocolate.

A Visiting Assistant Professor in Journalism at SUNY-Purchase, Prince also reports for The Times of Israel.

The subject of Queen of the Mountaineers, Fanny Bullock Workman, was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing, she negotiated the male-dominated world of alpine clubs and adventure societies as nimbly as she negotiated the deep crevasses and icy granite walls of the Himalayas. It's the story of the role one woman played in science and exploration, in breaking boundaries and frontiers for women everywhere.

What are the Critics Saying?

"In Queen of the Mountaineers, Cathryn J. Prince transports readers to an era when explorers traversed continents by yak and goatskin boat, when mountains were still unmapped and unmeasured, when climbers braved the elements with rudimentary gear, and when the hard-earned, high-altitude triumphs of those like Fanny Bullock Workman were presented with the caveat the climber was a woman." —Carolyn Porter, author of Marcel's Letters

"Cathryn J. Prince presents legendary adventurer and climber Fanny Bullock Workman, a fascinating champion for women's rights who resisted expectation and refused to conform to gender roles. Through Fanny's fascinating story, Prince beautifully archives the heights achieved by our foremothers." —Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea