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Powell's Books Presents Former Congresswoman Katie Hill in Conversation With Gretchen Young


Sep 28, 2020 04:26 PM

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Katie Hill
Katie Hill wasn't yet 30 when she embarked on her run for Congress. By 31, she had become not only a Member of Congress, but a member of Congressional Leadership. Soon, she was the subject of an HBO docu-series entitled "She's Running," a frequent cable news guest, and one of the Democratic Party's brightest rising stars. Her campaign attracted the support of dozens of celebrities and she managed to flip a Congressional seat under decades of Republican control--she was the first woman to hold the seat, the first openly LGBTQ woman to be elected to Congress from California, and the first self-identified bisexual woman in Congress. She resigned from her position less than a year after entering Congress, following political sabotage by her abusive ex-husband in a scandal that began a national conversation around questions of bisexuality, domestic abuse, cyber exploitation, workplace power dynamics, and what happens when regular people who live regular lives run for office.
Gretchen Young
Gretchen Young is Vice President, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. She has acquired and edited over 100 New York Times bestsellers, including 12 books with Caroline Kennedy and Elizabeth Alexander’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Light of the World. Young has had the privilege of editing books by an array of authors, including comedians George Carlin, Mike Birbiglia, Andy Borowitz, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry Wilmore,; inspirational activists, including Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, and John Prendergast; athletes including Tiger Woods, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Torre, and Walt Frazier; business and thought leaders, including Google’s Eric Schmidt, Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld, and Cal Newport. Young previously spent 15 years at Hyperion where she launched the ESPN imprint and was the editorial director of ABC Synergy. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in Spanish literature from the University of Chicago.