Events & Appearances

Tuesday, May 23
Next Page Books
409 Main St #101, Frisco, CO 80443
(970) 668-9291

Wednesday, May 24
5:30 pm
Paonia Books
234 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO 81428
(970) 361-2119

Thursday May 25- Sunday, May 28
Mountain Words Literary Festival
Crested Butte, CO
Friday May 26 1:00 pm
“Workshop: Writing Historical fiction with Kate Manning”

Friday May 26
1:00 pm
“Workshop: Historical fiction”

June 27

Book talk with novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of American Ending
P&T Knitwear
180 Orchard St.
New York, NY

Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
MysticCT 06355
more info


My Notorious Life: Past Events

Monday, 4/3
Pop-Up Book Group, New York, NY

Tuesday, 11/1
Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Ave.
New York, NY

Thursday, 11/3
Barrett Bookstore
6 Corbin Drive
Darien, CT 06820

Wednesday, 11/9
Booktowne at Brielle Public Library
610 South St. Brielle, NJ 08730

Wednesday, 11/16
INSTAGRAM LIVE with Jennifer Kegan

Thursday, 11/17
In conversation with Scribner Editor Kara Watson
Greenwich Public Library
101 W. Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830

Thursday, 12/1
Tattered Cover Book Store
2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

Saturday, 12/3
Redstone Winter Market
Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, CO

Sunday, 12/4
Explore Books
221 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO

Tuesday, 12/6
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl St.
Boulder CO 80302

Tuesday, 12/7
Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main Street
Edwards, CO 8163

Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 4-6 pm
Pequot Library, Southport, CT
720 Pequot Avenue Southport, CT 06890-1496
(203) 259-0346

Sunday, November 8th, 2015 2-4pm
Victorian Tea
The Lockwood Matthews Museum,
Matthews Park
Norwalk, CT

Tea lovers, history buffs, and those looking for a unique experience will delight in attending the Lockwood-Matthews Museum’s annual Victorian Tea, featuring a talk by critically-acclaimed author and Emmy Award winner Kate Manning. Guests will enjoy a formal traditional tea surrounded by unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture, and the splendor of the most magnificent mansion in Connecticut.


November 20, 7-8pm
Shindig Events & The Girly Book Club
Online Book Talk
Kate Manning on “My Notorious Life”

November 19 6:30 PM

Orphan Train & My Notorious Life

Tenement Museum

Authors Christina Baker Kline and Kate Manning come together to talk about how the events of the 19th century inspired their respective work. Kline’sOrphan Train is the story of a child sent to the Midwest on an orphan train, but now grown up is uncovering the mystery of her past. Manning’s My Notorious Lifefictionalizes the life of a midwife who became powerful, wealthy, and controversial in her practices of supporting women’s reproductive rights.

This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6. Books will be for sale with a 15% discount for those in attendance. If you have questions, contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.3200 ext. 259.

September 17th, 7pm

Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe, Port Washington, NY

299 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050

November 1st at 5 p.m.

Darien Libarary
Darien, CT

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be the featured speaker. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others.

Reviews for My Notorious Life:
“A daring page-turner.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“This intriguing, thought-provoking work of historical fiction is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”— Real Simple

October 2nd

Booktowne, Manasquan, NJ
with Christina Baker Kline
RSVP: 732-722-7255

171 Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736

September 23rd, 6pm

Dittrick Museum, Cleveland, OH

Third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library
(corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road)
11000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

September 16,  7pm

The Girly Book Club

103 Avenue B , New York, NY  (map)

private room

New to New York? Or just want to discuss great books with like minded friends? This group was started because there’s nothing better than sharing a great book. Come to laugh, have fun and exchange stories over a glass or two! From the humble beginnings of a few avid readers meeting once a month in London in 2008, The Girly Book Club network now extends around the world and would be delighted to welcome you, wherever you are! Please join us for an evening with author Kate Manning and her new novel My Notorious Life.

September 3, Noon

Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

53 W. Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355

September 4, 7pm

The Westport Library
Westport, CT

20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880

August 23, 2-4pm

Barnes and Noble Norwalk, CT

360 Connecticut Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
(o) 203-866-2213 (f) 203-838-7229

August 20th, 7pm

Rockville Center Library

221 N. Village Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

August 14th, 7pm

Northshire Books, Manchester, VT

4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255

August 13th, 7pm

Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

25 White Street
Cambridge MA

August 12th, 7pm

Odyssey Books, South Hadley, MA

9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

June 7th

Repro Justice Walk, Lower Manhattan

Discover the history behind “My Notorious Life” while touring the streets and neighborhoods where Axie Muldoon grew up and practiced as a midwife. Learn about the real-life character–Ann Lohman, AKA “Madame Restell,” who inspired her story. Along the way, you’ll encounter fascinating characters, performances, and city locations with a rich history–and contemporary significance. Kate Manning will be a featured author in this event, and will be signing books at Judson Memorial Church at tour’s end.

Begin: Chambers and Hudson at 1 Hudson Street (near #1 train on Chambers)
Time and Length (Approximate): Ninety minutes; distance 1.5 miles.

Order Tickets at Brown Paper Bag

Read more at the Tenement Museum blog

May 14th, 7pm

Christina Baker-Kline & Kate Manning

Join Kate Manning in conversation with Christina Baker Kline, author of the NY Times #1 Bestseller Orphan Train, for a conversation about fact & fiction, and how novelists bring the past alive.

Longfellow Books
Portland, Maine
One Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101

May 12th, 6:30pm
Freeport Community Library
10 Library Drive
Freeport, Maine

Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train and Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be at the library for a shared book talk and discussion of writing, history, and fiction.


May 7th, 7pm
Reading Roulette, Litcrawl NYC
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Brooklyn

Please join Kate Manning & other writers for Reading Roulette, to benefit Litcrawl NYC, a literacy project

*Reading Roulette is a game of ‘literary karaoke,’ wherein Lit Crawl NYC tests your literary (and comedic) mettle. Participants get on stage to read famous literary passages—where the passage is selected at random, as is the voice in which to read it

Facebook event
Lit Crawl event page
Link to purchase tix

April 16, 6-8 pm
History in Fiction
Cambridge in America Book Club
The Century Association

Join Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, and Christina Baker Kline, author of NY Times #1 Bestseller, Orphan Train for a conversation about fact and fiction, and how novelists bring the past alive.

April 2nd, 7pm

“Fact & Fiction”
Watchung Booksellers
Montclair, NJ
Kate Manning & Christina Baker Kline
Kate talks to the author of #1 Bestseller Orphan Train
about how novelists make the past come alive

March 5th, 7pm

Marisa Silver in Conversation with Kate Manning

Barrett Books
Darien, CT

Please join Kate Manning for a conversation with the New Yorker writer Marisa Silver, whose luminous new novel, Mary Coin, was inspired by an iconic photograph taken during the Depression.


Wednesday, January 29

KINDLE DAILY DEAL (hit #1 on Amazon)

My Notorious Life $1.99

Ebook on Amazon

Click here to order

January 9, 2014, 7pm
KGB Bar, New York

Kate Manning reading with Adelle Waldman, author of THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P., and Jonathan Miles, author of WANT NOT. Waldman’s novel is “Brilliant…a crisp, comic novel of manners and ideas…” (NPR) and Miles’ book is called “highly inventive and corrosively funny.” The event is for the benefit of the inspirational, sorely-needed organization, BEHIND THE BOOK, which brings writers to NYC schools.
Reading & Book Raffle with libations and other fuel. *Free*
7pm at KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. NYC.

NPR’s Studio 360
December 13, 2013
Interview with Kurt Anderson
“Kate Manning’s new novel, My Notorious Life, deserves the adjective “Dickensian” — the street urchins, the secrets of the well-born, the reversals of fortune. But it’s also grittier and grislier than anything Dickens could have published…”
Listen here:

Freerange Reading Series
November 5, 7:30pm
At Culturefix (Art Gallery & Bar)

9 Clinton St., New York, NY
With Novelist Kate Manning (My Notorious Life), Nathaniel “Natty” Adams (I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman), Thomas Page McBee (writer for VICE, columnist at The Rumpus)
Tuesday 12 November, 7 – 9 pm
NOTORIOUS: The Midwifery of Fiction

A conversation with Kate Manning ’79, author of My Notorious Life; and
Sarah Burnes ’89, literary agent, The Gernert Company.
Sponsored by YALE Alumni Association
Rose Alumni House
232 York St.
New Haven, Connecticut
Free, public event/Refreshments will be served.
The Rowayton Library
November 20, 7pm

33 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, Connecticut
Talk & book signing, wine & cheese reception
Book clubs welcome
Free public event

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 6pm
The Corner Bookstore

1313 Madison Ave. at 93rd Street
New York, NY
(212) 831-3554

Monday, September 16, 2013 7pm
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, Ct. 06443

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Barrett Bookstore
“The Working Bookstore for the Reading Class”
314 Heights Rd.
Darien, Ct.
Time 7pm
Sign up at 203-655-2712
or email

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Elm Street Books
at The New Canaan Library
151 Main St.
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 966-4545
Time 7 pm

Thursday, October 10, 6:00pm
171 Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
The Center for Fiction
Wednesday October 30, 2013 7:00 pm
17 E. 47th Street (betw. Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10017
Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be joined by In Calamity’s Wake author, Natalee Caple, to talk about strong female characters in literature, and in their own work.
Monday, May 27th, 2013 10a.m.
Hay on Wye Literary Festival UK

In Manning’s My Notorious Life By Madam X the headstrong daughter of Irish immigrants, forced to beg for pennies as a child on the brutal streets of New York City, grows up to become the most successful – and controversial – midwife of her time. The story chimes perfectly with Kate Summerscale’s tale of Victorian scandal and divorce Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.

Monday 27 May 2013, 6:30pm
London Lit Festival 13
Southbank Centre, London

Gabriel Weston and Kate Manning
Kate Manning is the author of My Notorious Life by Madame X, a novel based on the true story of an infamous midwife in New York at the turn of the 20th century.

PEN/Ackerley Prize-winning author Gabriel Weston wrote Dirty Work, which follows the tribunal of an NHS abortion provider with her own untellable story.