She has a real gift for connecting with her audience—not an easy task...The consensus of the people I’ve talked to who are series “regulars” is that she is at the very top of all the many speakers in the entire eleven-year history of the program—a sentiment with which I fully concur.
— William B. Crawley, Director, Great Lives Lecture Series

popular topics and workshops

  • The Last Castle: The True Story Behind the Nation's Largest Home

  • The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project

  • Grit & Grace: Feminist Inspiration from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age

  • Book Proposal Boot Camp: Researching, writing and publishing narrative nonfiction in today’s market

Denise has spoken across the country at universities, high schools, bookstores, corporate events, book festivals and community forums.

Denise speaking at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Denise speaking at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

To book Denise for your next event:

Contact:  Charlotte Perman, Greater Talent Network

Phone:    212-647-6307

Email:   CharlotteP[at]

Denise’s love of history really shines in her exceptional presentation on the Vanderbilts and Biltmore House. She knows how to tell engaging stories that emphasize the human connection without overwhelming the audience with her extensive expertise. Denise is knowledgeable, funny and wonderfully charming as she makes history come to life.
— David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
Denise was our morning opening speaker and did a fabulous job... Denise was able to build a connection with the attendees and brought her stories to life through her words and illustrations.
— Falguni Desai, Cisco Systems Women’s Professional Development Day
Denise has not only written a fascinating book, she is a wonderful speaker. She drew a large audience for her talk at the Carter Presidential Library and the audience loved her presentation.
— Tony Clark, Carter Presidential Library Author Program
She was a delight and exactly what the Dillon Lecture Series
likes to provide as a speaker.
— Robin Woodworth, Dillon Lecture Series Coordinator
I have heard nothing but positive comments about her talk and there will be many readers encouraged to delve into her two masterpieces!
— Sidney Gooding, American Association of University Weomn
Denise was a wonderful speaker here today at Town Hall. She is a special lady with a gift of being able to tell a great story! We loved it!
— Jill Falk, Yakima Town Hall Board

Prior engagements include...

  • Carter Presidential Library

  • Truman Presidential Library

  • U. S. National Archives, Washington, DC

  • U. S. National Archives at Atlanta "Secret City Symposium"

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Columbia University School of Journalism

  • University of Mississippi Convocation Speaker and Common Reading Experience

  • New York University "Speakers on the Square" series

  • University of Mary Washington "Great Lives" series

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

  • Cisco Systems, Women’s Professional Development Day

  • American Museum of Science and Energy

  • Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

  • Western Kentucky University

  • Middle Tennessee State University

  • Alvernia University

  • Harper College

  • Fort Worth Lecture Foundation

  • Los Altos Morning Forum

  • Plus more educational institutions, bookstores, community meetings and corporate events