Who is Miss Abigail?

Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
twitter: @DearMissAbigail

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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!


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Miss Abigail meets Miss Abigail – Sunday June 5

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Just a reminder,

I’ll be doing a “talk back” after the Sunday, June 5th 3pm show (that’s tomorrow!) of Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. I’ll be speaking about my book collection, the website, and the book that inspired the show.

Discount tickets for Miss Abigail fans are available here.

Hope to see you there!


Special Ticket Offer for the June 5th Show!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Friends and fans of Miss Abigail are welcome to this special ticket offer, good for the June 5th performance, when I’ll be hopping up onstage after the show and talking about this website, my book, and what I do with those 1,000 or so books in my office. Joyce Dewitt will have taken over by then as Miss Abigail; if you want to see Eve Plumb, this is her last week.

Click on the images below to go directly to the ticket site. Hope to see you at the show!



Miss Abigail at Miss Abigail’s Guide June 5!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hey, New Yorkers! I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing a “talk back” after the Sunday, June 5th 3pm show of Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. I’ll be speaking about my book collection, the website, and the book that inspired the show.

Tickets are available at the show’s website.

I’m also pretty excited to meet Joyce Dewitt, who takes over playing Miss Abigail on June 1.


New York Public Library Event of Interest

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Looks like this NYPL event could be fun for those interested in vintage craft books (of which I have a few). Too bad I have to work (and live 4 hours away)!

Miss Abigail at the Arlington (Va.) Public Library, March 8, 2pm

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I’ll be speaking on Saturday, March 8, at 2:00 pm at the Arlington Public Library in Virginia, in the Central LIbrary Auditorium. See the flyer.

Here’s the blurb:
Arlington Writes: Miss Abigail’s Time Warp Advice on Dating and Matters of the Heart

Take a step back in time as Miss Abigail shares words of wisdom from her collection of about 1,000 classic advice books in a quest to solve modern-day dilemmas. Abigail Grotke, a Library of Congress digital projects coordinator, advice blogger and historian of the art of personal guidance, has collected books from 1822 to 1978 that cover the age-old topics of dating, love, living together, marriage, health, beauty, puberty, sex, etiquette, housekeeping, home economics, and home repairs. Grotke has spent years scouting used book stores and thrift shops to locate these treasures of self help. Learn about how she’s built her collection and get time-tested advice to the lovelorn. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, please call 703-228-6321 or email Deirdre Cross, or see this calendar listing.

If you’re in the D.C. area, please stop by!

Greensboro College Book Signing April 14

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

This weekend I’ll be returning to Greensboro College for an alumni weekend, where I’ll be signing books and greeting folks on the campus where this whole Miss Abigail thing started. I attended GC from 1985 to 1987, before transferring to an art school in Massachusetts to eventually finish up my college years.

The first book in my collection, The Art of Dating, was purchased at a thrift store in Greensboro. Twenty plus years later, here I am. Hard to believe it.

I haven’t been back to the college since I left in 1987 so it should be an adventure. And my mom’s coming along to help me with the whole thing so it should be a fun road trip.

And then, on Sunday night, I travel to Paris! Woohoo!

Reminder: Love and Chocolate at the Library

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

If all goes well and the weather doesn’t force the federal government to close all day, I’ll be speaking tomorrow–about my collection, the Web site, the book, and love advice–at the Library of Congress. I’ll also be signing books while attendees partake in some fabulous chocolate treats and browse a display of etiquette, romance, and household technology books from my collection and the Library’s collection.

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Time: 11:30-12:30
Place: Library of Congress, James Madison Building, 6th floor, Dining Room A (floor map)
And, the press release for more info.

We will go on with the program if the Library is open. Check the Library’s homepage in the morning for closing information.

Hope to see you there!

August 15 in Brattleboro, VT

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Final August book tour date is set!

I’ll be reading and signing Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage:

Tuesday August 15th at 7pm
Everyone’s Books
25 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-8160

I look forward to seeing you there!

August 17 in North Dartmouth, Mass.

Monday, July 24th, 2006

One more book signing & event date confirmed. Look for me at:

Baker Books
69 State Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747

It’s not on the events calendar yet but I’ll be there!

August 12 signing in Buffalo

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Details are confirmed — I’ll be at the Borders in Cheektowaga, New York (suburbs of Buffalo), Saturday August 12 at 2pm. Stop by to say hi, hear some advice, and get a book signed!

More details at the Borders events page.

I’m still finalizing my Vermont and Massachusetts signings that same week, will keep you posted.