Woodland Pattern Hosts Frank X Walker, Amelia Klem Osterud
Milwaukeean Amelia Klem Osterud is a tattooed academic librarian, so no one should be surprised that her first manuscript is called The Tattooed Lady: A History. Yet while Osterud is indeed permanently inked, this publication is no autobiography. She writes of a time when it was entirely unseemly for a woman to show off a tattoo. The Tattooed Lady is a momentous tale that chronicles the women behind the tattooed bodies, women who traveled across America on circus trains during a time when even to reveal an ankle was outrageous. Osterud provides veritable accounts of these fearless females by bringing them front and center out of the carnival tents and into real life. By combining research with period photography, this local author explores women’s history alongside the cultural movement of tattooing. Osterud will visit Woodland Pattern Book Center as part of a new prose series on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.