Join The Central Pen in celebrating Women’s History Month! Since 1987, the month of March has been designated as the month where we celebrate the great achievements and struggles of our foremothers, consider the challenges and triumphs we face today, and reflect on the world we would like to pass along to our world’s future women.
While there are many ways to celebrate, and we would like to give you some of our favorite women’s authors for a soggy spring day. Pick them up at our library and get inspired!
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J. K. Rowling, author of the internationally best-selling Harry Potter series, gives you a world of fantasy, wizards, and monsters that will help you not only celebrate your inner Hermione! Hermione not your style? How about phastasmic Luna Lovegood? or the prim, proper, and perfect Minerva McGonagall? Whether you have read the series a thousand times, just once, or not at all, you will find something new and unexpected lurking in the halls of Hogwarts.
Recommended by Dean Dave Baker
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Gail Simone is a pioneering female writer of mainstream superhero comics such as female-tastic figures like Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. Her fandom has praised her for breathing new life into old characters and making believable and (gasp!) relatable female figures in a genre that has not always been female-friendly. She has also worked her magic on many canonical male characters including Superman and Deadpool because of course ladies can write amazing stories about all shapes, sizes, and yes, genders, of superbeings. Simone’s work makes all of us here at The Pen want to don our best capes and spandex and take out some henchmen.
Recommended by Professor Matthew Vickless
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Virginia Woolf was a formidable modernist writer, theorist, activist, and intellectual. Her fiction and non-fiction works have been widely anthologized and few have gone out of print since they were first published. Her most important works include Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and A Room of One’s Own (1929) where she gives her readers one of the most famous pieces of literary advice: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” She has been hailed as early 20th century feminist. Modern authors often cite her as an influence on their creative process.
Recommended by Professor Thomas Davis
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Mary Shelley, the original Queen of Scream, is best known to modern audiences as the author of Frankenstein; or the modern Prometheus (1816), a story about a doctor who tries to tamper with nature in the most unnatural of ways. While certainly Frankenstein deserves its place among the classics of English literature, she was also dramatist, essayist, biographer, and noted travel writer (in fact, she was on one such excursion when she first had the idea for Frankenstein.) In all of her works, she drew upon her deep knowledge of philosophy and politics and brought to page narratives that continue to talk to us across the centuries.
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