Bessie Stringfield│Biography, Memoir, African American, Gender
Inside the Story of the Courageous Black Woman Who Rode Across America

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Journalist and author Ann Ferrar is an accomplished writer of narrative non-fiction. Her motorcycle lifestyle articles have been published in The New York Times. Her feature stories on women's issues and eclectic human interest subjects have been published in national women's magazines and online venues. She is best known as the long-time biographer of Bessie Stringfield and the author of Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road (NY: Crown, 1996) and the forthcoming biographical memoir African American Queen of the Road: The Untold Story of Bessie Stringfield, A Memoir of Race, Resilience and the Road.

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In 1990, when Bessie Stringfield entrusted her life rights to Ann Ferrar, thus began Ann's work to conduct and record Bessie's exclusive oral history on tape and to write original stories on the life of Ms. Stringfield. Bessie was unknown to the public and she had been overlooked even by black and women's historians. Ann's seminal, copyrighted works account for most of what is known about the elusive Bessie Stringfield today, and the author's stories are the spark that ignited global fascination with Bessie's amazing life.

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There is much more to Bessie's life story that Ann Ferrar has never published, hence the untold aspects of the forthcoming book. Ann is drawing upon the wealth of exclusive material about Bessie that is proprietary to this author. Ann met Bessie at the start of her road trips for Hear Me Roar, and during the many years since, the author has explored other hidden areas known only to Bessie and Ann. Thus, Ferrar is writing an intimate book that cannot be written or imitated by anyone else.

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In African American Queen of the Road—The Untold Story of Bessie Stringfield, A Memoir of Race, Resilience and the Road, Ferrar is painting a deeper portrait of Bessie Stringfield by combining two literary forms: biography and memoir. The fine publishing house will be announced later, as the book is not an endeavor in self-publishing. Note also that Ferrar has multiple registered copyrights on the life story of Bessie Stringfield. Derivative works by other parties in any medium, in any format, are strictly prohibited.

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Ann rode her own motorcycles for 18 years, owning six different bikes ranging from Hondas to BMWs. She began riding in her native New York City and became an assertive urban biker and a long-distance solo rider. Hear Me Roar was a groundbreaking book in its genre, the first to chronicle this little-known facet of women's mobility and gender role-reversal throughout the 20th century. To research and write Hear Me Roar between 1990 and 1996, the author rode tens of thousands of miles alone around America.

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Hear Me Roar was critically acclaimed and covered by The New York Times, CNN, Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets.  The author's LinkedIn page has excerpts from Hear Me Roar. Also on her LinkedIn page are some of Ann's motorcycle lifestyle articles written for The New York Times, including "Windswept Freedom on Two Fast Wheels," "Uneasy Rider" and "To Roar or Not to Roar."

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Over the years, Ferrar has been consulted for her expertise on the early history of women bikers, particularly for her unparalleled knowledge of Ms. Stringfield, for museum exhibits and other projects. These include PBS and History Channel programs such as Glory Road: The Legacy of the African American Motorcyclist and a series called American Biker.

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Born and raised in South Brooklyn, the author is an alumna of Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She is a past recipient of the Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award from the American Motorcyclist Association for Hear Me Roar. A member of the Authors Guild, Ann lived in Lower Manhattan for many years. She still lives in the Northeastern United States.

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