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Mission Book Possible #11

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The BookFinder is a month old!

With more than 1,850 books already in this new database, we wanted to create a fun way to help readers get acquainted with it.

Each day in November, we’re going to provide you with a sapphic book finding mission. Four prizes of a $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded during the month on Wednesdays, beginning next week, November 9.

Here’s how it’ll work:

Many of you already know that TB’s a history nut, so she’s been digging into historical happenings for each day in November to inspire the daily book-finding missions.

Once a day, I Heart SapphFic will share the day’s mission in the IHS Reader Group on Facebook. Your assignment will be to check the I Heart SapphFic Bookfinder for a book that fulfills the mission, and then to report back to the Facebook group with a link to that book on the IHS website. To get the link to the book, click on the cover and then copy the URL to paste in the Facebook group.

You are allowed one entry per mission. On November 9, 16, 23, and 30, TB will use a random number generator to select the winner from the entries that were received.

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Now let’s get to today’s fun: Maude Adams

On November 11, 1892, American actor Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden, known professionally as Maude Adams, was born.

Her career began during her childhood, while tagging along with her mother, also an actor, on tour. When she was only two months old, she appeared on stage, and again when she was nine months old in her mother’s arms. Despite her father’s objections to Adams performing as a child, she took her mother’s maiden name as her stage name.

Adams made her first appearance on Broadway when she was just sixteen. On October 8, 1892, Adams starred opposite John Drew Jr, a leading actor, in The Masked Ball. In an unforgettable scene, Adams had to pretend to be tipsy. She received a two-minute ovation on opening night. That scene set Adams on track to being one of the most loved in New York City and the play ran for a year and a half.

In 1904, Adams played Peter Pan, the role she’s most remembered for and she was the first actress to play The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. It had a long and successful Broadway run.

Adams became one of the most successful actors of her day, and at her peak, her yearly income surpassed one million dollars.

After a serious case of influenza, Adams retired in 1918. In the 20s, she worked with GE to patent better and stronger stage lighting and she collaborated with the Eastman Company to develop color photography. The electric lights ended up becoming the industry standard in Hollywood.

She was extremely shy, and Ethel Barrymore described Adams as the “original ‘I want to be alone’ woman.” Some biographers presume she was a lesbian.

Adams died at the age of eighty.

To honor Maude Adams, and her role in Peter Pan, we’re asking readers to go to the BookFinder and look up books in the following Genre category: Fantasy

Find a book you haven’t read yet, or if you come across an old favorite, share it and tell us why. To enter the giveaway, share your entry in the Facebook group.

Remember, the more days you play, the more entries you’ll receive for the $15 Amazon gift card, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Book Finding Mission.

Authors, if your books aren’t in the database yet, we highly recommend you submit them now. Here’s the form.

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