The Untold Story of Benjamin Franklin's Sister: A Chat with Jill Lepore

A finalist for the National Book Award, Lepore joins The Atlantic's Ann Hulbert in a video chat about Book of Ages, her biography of Franklin's youngest sister, Jane.
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Jill Lepore's National Book Award finalist Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin tells the fascinating, little-known story of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane. She was a voracious reader, a savvy political thinker, and a talented writer, just like her brother—but Jane Franklin was also the mother of 12 children. 

On Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., The Atlantic's Ann Hulbert will lead an interactive online discussion with author Jill Lepore focused on Book of Ages. Audience members will be able to ask Hulbert and Lepore questions via live video or text. Click "RSVP" below to receive a reminder for the event, or just return to this page at 7 p.m. on Monday to join in.

In addition to her being the History and Literature program chair at Harvard University, Jill Lepore is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, an essayist, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Ann Hulbert is The Atlantic's Books & Culture editor. She has also written two books and is a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism.


 
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