In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, complaining about the irritating fad of “scribbling women.” Whether they were written by professionals, by women who simply wanted to connect with others, or by those who wanted to leave a record of their lives, those “scribbles” are fascinating, informative, and instructive.
How many of these remarkable women have you heard of?
Sei Shonagon | Margaret Catchpole | Mary Hayden Russell | Harriet Ann Jacobs | Isabella Beeton | Mary Kingsley | Nellie Bly | Daisy Ashford | Ada Blackjack | Dang Thuy Tram | Doris Pilkington Garimara
Many of the women in “Scribbling Women” had eventful lives. They became friends with cannibals, delivered babies, stole horses, and sailed on whaling ships. Others lived quietly, close to home. But each of them has illuminated the world through her words.
We would like your help for Women’s History Month (March 2011)! If you would like to participate in the “Scribbling Women” blog tour, please fill out this form:
Update: The form is closed. Thank you for your interest and to everyone who signed up!
We will be sending you an advance copy of the finished book to read. The blog tour will be starting on Monday, March 28, 2011 and ending on Friday, April 1, 2011. You will also have the chance to work with Marthe Jocelyn for your blog post! You can also e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment below if you have any questions about the blog tour.
Toronto-born MARTHE JOCELYN is the award-winning author and illustrator of over twenty books. Her picture book Hannah’s Collections was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Her novel Mable Riley won the inaugural TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Marthe Jocelyn is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work.