Christine McDonnell “Sanctuary” Book Discussion

Join live and in person for a special Picture Book Hour with author Christine McDonnell and illustrator Victoria Tentler-Krylov, reading “Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women.”


Tue, Mar 15, 2022, 6:00 PM EDT
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
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About the Author:

Christine McDonnell is the author of many books for young readers, including When the Babies Came to Stay, illustrated by Jeanette Bradley, and Goyangi Means Cat, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. She is a longtime teacher and librarian and has taught English to immigrant women at Rosie’s Place. She lives in Boston.

Victoria Tentler-Krylov is a practicing architect and editorial illustrator with art published in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. Her picture books include The Cyclops of Central Park by Madelyn Rosenberg and Just Read! by Lori Degman, and she is the author-illustrator of Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, she now lives just outside of Boston.

About the Book:

Before Kip Tiernan came along, the US had no shelters for women. Here is the inspirational story of a singular woman and what her vision and compassion have brought to life.

“Justice is not three hots and a cot. Justice is having your own key.” —Kip Tiernan

When Kip Tiernan was growing up during the Great Depression, she’d help her granny feed the men who came to their door asking for help. As Kip grew older, and as she continued to serve food to hungry people, she noticed something peculiar: huddled at the back of serving lines were women dressed as men. At the time, it was believed that there were no women experiencing homelessness. And yet Kip would see women sleeping on park benches and searching for food in trash cans. Kip decided to open the first shelter for women—a shelter with no questions asked, no required chores, just good meals and warm beds. With persistence, Kip took on the city of Boston in her quest to open Rosie’s Place, our nation’s first shelter for women.

Christine McDonnell, a former educator at Rosie’s Place, and illustrator Victoria Tentler-Krylov bring warmth to Kip Tiernan’s story of humanity and tenacity, showing readers how one person’s dream can make a huge difference, and small acts of kindness can lead to great things.

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