Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions
, picks up in the spring of 1916 where Lady Cop Makes Trouble
left off. Stewart — who obsessively fact-checks the language, researches home furnishings in vintage catalogs and tries to divine the truth between the reporting of the Bergen County Democrat
and the Hackensack Republican
— will bring photos of Kopp to the book-signing event at Brazos Bookstore. “The interesting thing about 1916 is it seems so long ago, not yet World War I, still the Victorian era in terms of how we dressed and the morals and expectations. Women didn’t get the vote until the ’20s. It seems antiquated but still a lot of the same issues are what people are grappling with today,” says Stewart. She says it’s fascinating to look at what it was like for a woman to be a police officer a century ago, and we should expect to see more than a few female law-enforcement officers in the audience.
7 p.m. October 12. 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit brazosbookstore.com
Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp was not only a real-life crime-fighter, she also fought the societal biases against female law-enforcement officers in the early 20th century. California-based author Amy Stewart has immersed herself in Kopp’s world through newspaper clippings and rabbit holes of research, and her latest,