Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Author Talk: Mimi Graney

Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon
by Mimi Graney 
Friday, January 19, 2018—Noon to 1:00pm
State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, Massachusetts State House

Our first author talk of 2018 features a pretty sweet topic: Marshmallow Fluff! Join us at the State Library on Friday, January 19, to hear author Mimi Graney speak about her recent book Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon

Fluff celebrates the 100-year history of this tasty confection, invented in 1917 by Archibald Query in Somerville, Massachusetts. Much more than just a “fluff” piece, this book delves into the history of New England’s forgotten candy industry, highlighting the period of changing social roles for women, the emergence of radio as an advertising medium, the upheaval of wartime, and the advent of modern advertising and battles over nutrition.

Author Mimi Graney is the mastermind behind the quirky “What the Fluff?” festival held annually in Somerville’s Union Square. Ms. Graney has previously served as a council member of the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council and as Principal of Relish Management, where she provided management services for creative economy initiatives in several Massachusetts cities and towns. Ms. Graney is currently working to revitalize Chelsea’s historic downtown district as Downtown Coordinator for the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Copies of Fluff will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of Ms. Graney’s talk. We encourage you to register in advance, and we look forward to seeing you on January 19th at the State Library.

Laura Schaub
Cataloging Librarian

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