Author Talk: Diana Parsell

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Local author Diana P. Parsell will discuss her new book Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees (ISBN: 9780198869429). Published by Oxford University Press in March 2023, Eliza Scidmore is the first-ever biography of the women whose persistence over two decades led to the planting of the first cherry-blossom trees in Washington donated from Japan. The many new findings in the book describe Scidmore's little-known achievements as a pioneering female journalist and intrepid travel writer. More information about the book is available on the Oxford University Press website

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About the Author

Diana Pabst Parsell is a professional writer, editor, and former journalist who has worked at National Geographic, the National Institutes of Health, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The Washington Post, as well as at several environmental research centers in Southeast Asia. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Johns Hopkins University, she received a Mayborn Fellowship in Biography and the Biographers International Organization 2017 Hazel Rowley Prize. She lives with her husband in Falls Church, Virginia. Visit her website at