Inspired by a true story, the historical novel "With A Silent Companion" tells the remarkable story of Margaret Anne Bulkley, a young woman born in Ireland in the early 1800s.
Seeking an escape from her life of poverty, Margaret enrolls in medical school at Edinburgh University and, after years of study, becomes a surgeon. It is a story of struggle and triumph. And it is made all the more remarkable because Margaret Anne Bulkley does it all disguised as a man.
The research for "With A Silent Companion" will be the subject of a presentation by its award-winning author Florida Ann Town during this week's "Friday at the OPOP" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Old Post Office auditorium, Fifth Street and Olive Avenue in El Centro.
The public is invited to attend the presentation, as well as to speak with the author following her talk. The event is free and is sponsored by the Imperial County Arts Council and Fifth Ave. Books. Funding was provided, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.