Book author to discuss Cogdell life

January 11, 2014

Author Carla Kaplan will be in town next week to talk about renaissance woman and Granbury native Josephine Cogdell and the role she played in Harlem’s cultural renaissance.

Kaplan will give a free presentation to the public at the Hood County Library next Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. She will also sign copies of her book, “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance,” which can be purchased at the library for $25 each.

An intimate wine and cheese reception will be hosted for Kaplan from 5:30 to 7:30 Friday evening at the Iron Horse Inn on Thorp Spring Road. It is where Josephine Cogdell, one of the women featured in Kaplan’s book, grew up in the early 1900s.

Cogdell, the daughter of Granbury businessman and banker D.C. Cogdell, violated Texas law by marrying a black man from New York. She and her journalist husband, George Schuyler, had a daughter named Philippa, who was a child prodigy.

Call 817-408-2570 for reservations.

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