Lepore’s in-depth look at the well-loved character’s history and influence was lauded by the New York Historical Society for its work in pushing “forward the frontiers of knowledge around the story of women’s rights as it retrieves crucial but forgotten history,” as society president Louise Mirrer explains. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time I bump this book up my reading list.
The lives of Arab women found a voice in Assia Djebar’s work, which included novels, poetry and plays. In 1996, she was awarded the Neustadt Prize for contributions to world literature, and her 1957 novel La Soif (The Mischief) was the first novel by an Algerian woman to be published outside Algeria.
Levine was known for his poetry on the lives of the working class, capturing their experiences with vibrancy and understanding. While I have not read his work extensively, I do remember the day I read “A Woman Waking,” and it remains an excellent example of the careful solid way Levine would craft his poetry, reflecting the people it depicted.
Clap along: Williams’ first children’s book will be out on September 22 from Putnam Books for Young Readers (Penguin). It will feature photographs of children worldwide “celebrating what it means to be happy.”
A Gutenberg Bible and four Shakespeare folios? I might have to take a trip down to New Jersey just to flail over the generous gift William H. Scheide granted to Princeton after his death last November. This set of rare books also includes music written by Schubert, Wagner, and Bach, and will be kept and digitized in its new permanent home.
“…it’s a book about our collective failure to address the ways in which sexual violence shames and silences its victims and taints our society as a whole.”
Freedman accepted the award from the British Columbia Achievement Foundation and B.C. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender in Vancover on February 13. The honor given to One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery is inspiring, a testament to the growing discussion about sexual violence and how society can work to remove that stigma.