A reading with Nadine Eckhardt

Nadine Eckhardt will read from her memoir Duchess of Palms on March 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

In her funny and honest memoir, Eckhardt tells the remarkable story of a “fifties girl” who lived through the politically powerful men in her life, acclaimed political novelist Bill Brammer and, later, U.S. Congressman Bob Eckhardt.

From her beginnings as a teenage “Duchess of Palms” beauty queen, to her entrée into the political and literary circles of Washington D.C. and Austin, Eckhardt lets the reader in on the private journey of a woman who was able to come into her own as a writer, restaurateur and assistant to beloved columnist and political commentator Molly Ivins.

Nadine Eckhardt

Nadine Eckhardt

Joining Eckhardt will be her daughter Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner and LBJ School alumna. Following Eckhardt’s reading, they will discuss the political roles and opportunities that have expanded for women since the time of LBJ when Nadine Eckhardt came of age.

For more information on the event with Nadine Eckhardt, visit the Center for Politics and Governance’s web site.

For an interview with Nadine Eckhardt, visit the Austin American-Statesman.