Author Talk


Biographer Susan Campbell discusses Isabella Beecher Hooker

March 5, 2020

Join the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center as we welcome author, journalist, and professor, Susan Campbell, who will discuss her book Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, a biography of Isabella Beecher Hooker.


Isabella, modern for her time, was a leader in the suffrage movement and a palpable presence in Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood. She’s been described as “off-putting, perplexing, tenacious, charming” with a wild streak many 19th-century Hartfordites found curious.


Learn more about Harriet’s younger half-sister as Campbell brings her own unique blend of empathy and humor to the story of Isabella Beecher Hooker.


Susan Campbell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a widely read Hartford Courant columnist, and the author of three book. She’s worked across the media landscape as an award-winning print journalist, a regular commentator on WNPR, and a guest on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” the BBC, WTNH-TV, and the local news show “Face the State.” She is also part of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, an award-winning health and safety website.


Her work at The Courant – where she was a staff writer and columnist for 25 years and is currently a freelance columnist – has been recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, the New England Associated Press News Executives, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Society for Professional Journalists, among numerous other organizations. She’s also written for Connecticut Magazine, Salon.com, the Ms. Foundation blog, and Patheos.com.

Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center / Visitor Center / 77 Forest Street Hartford CT
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Program 5:30 - 7:00 pm