Celebrate two Westport authors in one night! Galia Gichon, author of THE ACCIDENTAL SUFFRAGIST and Collin Carroll, who wrote FITNESS BY DARWIN will discuss their new books with members of the Westport community. Whether you're curious about how to use human evolution in exercise or enjoy reading historical novels, this is a program for you.
THE ACCIDENTAL SUFFRAGIST starts in 1912. After a tragic event, Helen Fox—a factory worker living in New York’s tenements—attends her first suffrage meeting, quickly becoming seduced by the cause. Accepting a job offer from leader Harriot Stanton Blatch, Helen finds herself working alongside famous activists as she tries to change the world, afford the basics, and balance a disgruntled family back home when she marches to Washington, D.C. In a time when the obstacles for women— from any background—were insurmountable, Helen discovers her voice and dreams of equality in a male-dominated society.
FITNESS BY DARWIN is a pop-science book explaining how an exercise program based on the tenets of human evolution can make its practitioners shapelier, stronger, and healthier. This book uses 600 sources - almost all of which are from peer-reviewed publications - to make its point, couching this hard science in an inviting, informal tone to make the material accessible to workout newbies and fitness professionals alike. Fitness by Darwin offers readers an analysis of studies, a series of unique full-body exercises, and at-home tutorials so that they might maximize the safety and efficiency of their own workouts.
Both books will be available for purchase at the event. Please register to attend.
Galia Gichon spent nearly ten years writing financial research for top investment banks before launching Down-to-Earth Finance, a top personal financial advising firm in New York. Galia is the author of My Money Matters, a personal finance book which received notable press from the New York Times, TODAY Show, CNN, Newsweek, Real Simple and more. Galia Gichon consistently leads seminars for Barnard College where she has taught for 13 years, and other organizations. She is an avid angel investor focusing on women-led and impact startups and actively counsels startups through accelerators.
Marcia Falk’s professional career started as an editor for a large publishing company in NYC and then moved to public relations for a development firm in Miami. Her interest in the American suffrage movement burgeoned when she and her family lived in Rochester, near where its founders lived. Marcia spends much time at the Westport Library where she has spent some of her finest hours as a volunteer, and most recently, igniting the 2020 WestportREADS program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the passage of The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Collin Carroll is a writer, personal trainer, tabletop game designer, three-time Ironman triathlete, and amateur evolutionary biologist. These bona fides double as evidence of his ADHD. Collin was born and raised in Westport and he currently volunteers as a firefighter and EMT in Weston, CT.
Benay Rubin is the owner of SHE3 Well+Fitness a Wellness & Barre Fitness Boutique studio and a Master Fitness teacher and health educator for adults, teens, and children. Benay was trained by the founder of Barre exercise who developed the original barre program called the Lotte Berk Method and is also certified in Pilates, Yoga, and MBSR Mindfulness training. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Benay is currently pursuing her masters degree in Occupational Therapy in order to further help people with barriers which impact meaningful activities and one's quality of life.