Maas compares "Mad Men" to real-life Madison Avenue

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:45 am

When Jane Maas walked into her first meeting as a copywriter on her agency's American Express account in the 1960s, the CEO thought she was a secretary, pulled out a chair and offered her some writing paper.

Jane MaasMaas doesn't skimp on the examples, like this, of blatant sexism in her memoir, Mad Women. In it, she describes what it was really like to work in the Madison Avenue advertising world of the time, not only as a businesswoman, but as a wife and mother.

Fans of the AMC series Mad Men won't want to miss Maas' September 27 reading, where she'll dish on not only the sexism, but also the sex and three-martini lunches. Do the creators of Mad Men get it right? For the most part, yes, according to Maas, who was one of advertising world's first female executives and the brains behind many memorable campaigns, including "I Love New York."

Maas will be the next writer showcased during Hear & Now, a series co-sponsored by Worthington Libraries and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St.

Tickets for her reading, which starts at 7pm, can be purchased for $10, including a meet-the-author reception. Tickets are $5 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, MAC and Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (author reception included).

Tickets are available now at the MAC; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.

The Hear & Now author series is also sponsored by The Ohio State University Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing and Holiday Inn.

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