Lecture on Anne Hutchinson tonight in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH — Author Eve LaPlante will present a lecture entitled "Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother or American Jezebel?" for the Portsmouth's 375th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Portsmouth Abbey School Auditorium (main entrance), 285 Corys Lane.

At 7 p.m. Ms. LaPlante will sign a number of limited of the copies of her books before the 7:30 p.m. lecture. The event is free and no registration is required.

Ms. LaPlante, a New Englander with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, has published five nonfiction books. "American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, The Woman Who Defied the Puritans" (2004) tells the true story of LaPlante’s ancestor, the Colonial heretic whose followers founded Portsmouth in 1638.

Her second ancestor biography, "Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewal" (2007), about the 1692 judge who became an abolitionist and feminist, won the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. Her latest two books, both from 2012, are "Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother," a groundbreaking biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother; and "My Heart Is Boundless," the first compilation of the writings of Abigail May Alcott. Her other earlier book, "Seized," is about a brain disorder.

Ms. LaPlante resides in New England with her husband and four children.

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