Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers

Celebrate back to school with this event for strong girls, strong women, and strong readers! We’ll have local authors who write strong female characters for girls and women, leaves to color to make our tree ready for fall, a scavenger hunt, and more! Local author Cindy Brown will interview Suzy Vitello (12p), Kate Ristau (1p), and Sally Stember (2p), and lead the discussions in our courtyard.

 

Strong Female Characters

Long before the election, we’d planned on talking Overcoming with Kathleen Lane (The Best Worst Thing), Kate Gray (Carry the Sky), and Kate Ristau (Clockbreakers). Now it only seems more prescient than ever to be talking about this. So join us to talk overcoming in general, for their characters, for their writing, and for strong female characters everywhere. (This is part of a free quarterly discussion featuring 3 local female authors who come and discuss issues that matter to female readers, writers, and characters.)

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Strong Female Characters

It’s the third in our series addressing issues relevant to women readers, writers, and characters. This time we’ll be talking with Suzy Vitello (The Empress Chronicles), Joanna Rose (Little Miss Strange), and Chelsea Cain (Mockingbird), about writing and reading heroines. What makes a heroine? Do they have to battle their own demons or save the world? Do they have to be likable or relatable or is it enough for them to be intelligent and kick-ass? What do you want to see more of in the heroines you read?

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Strong Female Characters is an ongoing series where we will highlight the issues facing women writers and women characters. We will host 3-4 local female authors every quarter (approximately) and have a discussion that will focus on one or more of these issues, and let the discussion organically flow from there.

Strong Female Characters

It’s our second in our new series addressing issues relevant to women readers, writers, and characters. This time we’ll be talking with Margaret Malone (People Like You), Liz Prato (Baby’s On Fire), and Monica Drake (The Folly of Loving Life), all short story writers, about writing and reading “unlikeable” female characters. What does it mean when a reader calls a character unlikeable? What can we learn from characters we can’t (or don’t want to) relate to? Why are so many female characters deemed unlikeable, compared to male characters?

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Strong Female Characters is an ongoing series where we will highlight the issues facing women writers and women characters. We will host 3-4 local female authors every quarter (approximately) and have a discussion that will focus on one or more of these issues, and let the discussion organically flow from there. Thanks to Soapstone for supporting this series!

Strong Female Characters

We’re launching this new exciting series with an amazing panel of women. With Ellen Urbani, Rene Denfeld, Karen Karbo, and Cathy Lamb we’ll be talking about “flawed” female characters, and how strength is found in those flaws. Often female characters are judged for being imperfect, but how can writing these women in this way actually be showing her strength, and what can “flawed women” teach us? How can something that is perceived as a weakness actually be a strength?

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Strong Female Characters is an ongoing series where we will highlight the issues facing women writers and women characters. We will host 3-4 local female authors every quarter (approximately) and have a discussion that will focus on one or more of these issues, and let the discussion organically flow from there. Thanks to Soapstone for supporting this series!