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Meet Author Dava Sobel Event Schedule

December 2018 —Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration

Book signings

Barnes & Noble In Salisbury Maryland

Lewes Public Library

Old State House

Dover Public Library

Hockessin Book Shelf Book Store

Annie Jump Cannon House


Lewes Public Library

Panel with Cannon Scholars Old State House

Meet & Greet

Annie Jump Cannon House

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New York Times Best Selling Author Featured at Several December Events during 2018 Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration

Books make the perfect holiday gift, too.

A Multi-Day Celebration in Dover, Lewes, & Wilmington Delaware and Salisbury, Maryland

Dava Sobel is taking in the Maryland and Delaware parts of the Delmarva Peninsula to help Dover celebrate one of its most revered daughters, Annie Jump Cannon. Be sure to check out the full schedule to learn about one of Delaware’s most famous women whose house was recently placed on the National Historic Register. Learn about her amazing history and the lasting work Annie and the other Ladies of Harvard accomplished while at Harvard. They have been basically an unsung group of women who studied the stars but thanks to Dava’s work, they are enjoying the full light of day in this well researched book.

Dava is an accomplished writer and has several books that have been on the New York Times best selling list including Galileo’s Daughter and Longitude. For her bio please check here.

Here’s what’s being planned:

  1. Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen essay contest about Annie for all students from 4th - 12th grades in the Capital and Caesar. The Friends of Old Dover are also helping in this effort.

    1. The Link for all info on the contest is located on Annie Jump Cannon Page.

    2. Mayor’s Award Winners Ceremony will be held at the Old State House on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM - All students who enter will receive a certificate. Winners will be offered the opportunity to read their winning essays. The event is free and open to the public.

    3. State House Programming link.

  2. A panel featuring Dava Sobel and moderated by Wesley College Cannon Scholars

    1. Friday Evening December 7 at 6:30 PM Hosted by The State of Delaware at the Old State House

    2. Followed by a booksigning. The event is free and open to the public.

    3. State House Programming Link.

  3. Book Signing in Delaware’s three counties and also one in Salisbury Maryland

    1. Dover Public Library - December 8 - 1:30 PM - 3:30. Dover Public Library will be hosting an event for the public and all librarians throughout the State of Delaware to learn about Annie. and her family’s contributions to Delaware history. This is open for the public and all librarians throughout the State of Delaware are invited to attend.

    2. Barnes and Noble in north Salisbury will be hosting a book signing December 6 at 1 PM and will be including The Glass Universe in their regional display throughout the holiday season. Signed books will be available until the supply runs out. Copies of Galielo’s Daughter and Longitude will also be available for signing.

    3. The Lewes Library will be hosting a talk and book signing December 6 at 6 PM. Books provided by Browseabout Books

    4. Hockessin Book Shelf is hosting an evening with the author December 8 from 6:30 - 8:30.

    5. Parke Green Galleries will be handling advance book sales as well as ticket sales for the house tour & birthday celebration. Ticket price includes $2 coupon towards book sales. If multiple books are pre-ordered, signing instructions can be obtained to save you time the day of your chosen event. Taylor Collins is the contact at 302.674.1787.

  4. WBOC has offered a slot on Delmarva Life - December 6. Be sure to watch.

  5. Sunday December 9, 2018 - 1:30 PM

    1. Tribute at Cannon gravesite located at Lakeside Cemetery in Dover Delaware

    2. Musical Selection — Jan Crumpley

    3. Poetry Reading

    4. Laying of Flowers & Stars on Annie’s grave.

  6. Sunday December 9, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM

    1. Meet Annie Jump Cannon as interpreted by Linda Chatfield. She will have a short talk and be available during her party to answer your questions.

    2. Meet and greet Dava Sobel. She will be available to sign books.

    3. Meet essay winners of the Mayor’s essay contest and also the Cannon Scholars of Wesley College.

    4. Have a mini-tour of the public level of the Cannon House at 34 S. State Street, hosted by President and Mrs. Robert Clark. Annie’s personal desk is on display and you will see the music room where she spent so many happy days. Please note: There is no access to the cupola where she first saw the stars with her Mother.

  7. Linda Chatfield will also be appearing at the Delaware Historical Society on Saturday December 8 from 2 - 4PM for the Annie Birthday celebration planned for New Castle county children.

Birthday cake will be from LaBaquette our French Bakery in Dover. And of course, there will be flowers and stars for all who wish to lay them on Annie’s gravesite located in Dover as well. For those wishing to a arrange advance interviews or interviews during visits, please contact Taylor 302.674.1787. .

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The stars inspire those in the arts - words, music, dance, paintings. All things creative dancing in a midnight sky.

Poem by Taylor Collins read at Annie’s grave in the first birthday celebration celebrating her birth.


History is story. Meet Annie in person and ask her what inspired her. What inner calling to explore time and space in the great silence of a star-strewn sky inspired her?

Linda Chatfield as Annie. .

The birthday celebration at the house is a ticketed event due to limited space. It is suggested that tickets be purchased at your earliest convenience. This poster highlights Cannon’s early life in Dover, Delaware.

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Annie’s Early Life

Cannon’s earliest Dover roots are explored in this convenient poster which can be used for informational or display purposes. If you desire a large scale poster quality, please click on the link for a high resolution graphic design quality file. Our “Census Taker of the Sky” first saw the stars with her Mother in her historic State Street home.


We look forward to a wonderful celebration and hope you can join us in this regional celebration of one piece of our rich Delaware/Delmarva history.

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