Public Appearances

Note: I am presenting for the Grafton Historical Society and the Grafton Public Library on the life of the Victorian housewife through the experiences of the Alcott family.

Titled “Housekeeping ain’t no joke:” Victorian huswifery with the Alcotts, it will take place on February 8 from 7 to 8:30 at the Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton, MA. Go here for details.


I am available for presentations on Louisa May and Elizabeth Sewall Alcott.

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“Susan’s presentation was appropriate for a diverse audience as she focused on broader spiritual issues and offered a unique lens for looking to favorite authors for inspiration and support in daily life.

Susan’s presentation was very organized, had engaging visuals, held people’s interest and sparked a good discussion. People lingered for some time after the presentation to talk. Hosting Susan was easy and enjoyable.

Susan Bailey is also a great resource for anyone interested in hosting a broader conversation about the Alcott family.”

Aladdine Joroff, Owner, Barrow Bookstore, Concord, MA
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Topics include:

  • Spiritual treasures found in Alcott’s books (based on my book, Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message)
    • Including insights from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the spiritual underpinning for Little Women
  • louisa may alcott as muse, guide and grief counselor-560Alcott as muse, guide and grief counselor–reflections on her writing on suffering and death
  • Elizabeth Sewall Alcott – giving the Alcott shadow sister her voice and taking her far beyond Beth March
  • Reading the family letters–what is it like to read the Alcott family letters, to make out the scrawl, touch the paper and reflect on the writers of those letters? What do we learn about the Alcotts by this visceral experience?
  • Children’s story time–sharing Alcott’s charming juvenile short stories through animated readings and craft projects

Contact me (Susan Bailey) at to talk about a public appearance with your book group, at your library or at your church.

1-outside the barrow-640Check out my book launch for Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message at The Barrow Bookstore in Concord. 

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