Inspiration and Advice from over 100
Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

Published by Artisan Books

Saturday, October 226:00 p.m.
Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff, NY

Tickets: $35
Ticket price includes one copy of In the Company of Women
and an exclusive tote bag, specially made for this book tour.

For tickets visit: http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/special-event-grace-bonney-women


Oblong Books & Music is thrilled to announce a special evening with Design*Spongeblogger and bestselling author GRACE BONNEY as art of her nationwide tour for her new book, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs (Artisan Books).

On Saturday evening, October 22, Bonney will appear with a fabulous lineup of New York-based artists, entrepreneurs and independent businesswomen at Morton Memorial Library to discuss their empowering stories and to celebrate women at all stages of life, creativity and career. Join us for an evening of motivation, inspiration and connection!


GRACE BONNEY is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. She has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. Grace is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Grace now lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife, Julia, and their three pets. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat @designsponge.
PAULA GRIEF has had a rich working life, moving horizontally across graphic design, fashion art direction, 12 x12 album covers, rock videos and after a break in motherland, directing television commercials. In the past few years she has been able to use her designer’s eye in her ceramic workshop in Hudson, NY.
SHEILA BRIDGES was named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine. Sheila founded her own interior design firm in 1994 and has designed residences and offices for many prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs and business professionals including the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Along with running a successful interior design business, Sheila hosted four seasons of Sheila Bridges Designer Living for the FINE LIVING Network, part of the Scripps Howard cable family. In 2005, Sheila’s passion for interiors inspired her to design furniture and home furnishings under the name Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. Sheila is honored to have her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper represented in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection. Her work has been showcased in many exhibits and museums throughout the country and Europe including The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Art and Design in New York City and most recently the Museé De La Toile De Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France.

ELISE KORNACK & ANNA HIERONYIMUS are the co-owners of Take Root, a twelve seat, contemporary American restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. The restaurant is run solely by the owners as a two person staff , with Chef Elise in the kitchen Anna running the front of house and wine program. In 2015 and 2016 Take Root was awarded a Michelin Star.

TRACY KENNARD is the founder of Kennard & Daughters, a consultancy that provides brand and business strategy to designers in the fashion and lifestyle space. Kennard & Daughters serves a range of clients with a focus on independent, niche and emerging brands. In addition to running Kennard & Daughters, Tracy and her husband, Jamie, own and operate Brunette, a natural wine bar in Kingston, New York.
The event begins at 6:00 p.m.



Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience).
“Grace’s excellent book is full of empowering business advice from a diverse group of inspirational and talented women.”—Martha Stewart

“I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.”—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers

“A world of insight from an array of intriguing, trailblazing women. And the photography is gorgeous!” —Padma Lakshmi, author of Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

Author photo Christopher Sturman.