Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jessica Spotswood Week: A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls

This week we're focusing on one of the founders of our YA author panel, "Shut Up and Write," the fabulous, Jessica Spotswood. On Friday we'll feature an interview with her and be sure to come and join us on September 22 for our next panel

Today, Katie talks to us about the first of Jessica's anthologies:

The opening to Jessica Spotwood’s anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats may mark the first time I have ever found myself literally cheering aloud during a book’s introduction. Take for example: “Despite their many important contributions, women--especially queer women, women of color, and women with disabilities--have too often been erased from history.” YES. Exactly this. A thousand times over.

And it’s impossible not to cheer everything that comes after as well. Jessica has pulled together such a unique collection of stories here. In writing strong female characters back into history, starting with an 18th century pirate ship through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, these stories start to reshape history, sometimes in the style of traditional historical fiction and sometimes blurring the lines between historical fiction and magical realism. I loved traveling not just through time but to the furthest flung corners of America with these women, whether they were bank robbers, belles or other badass girls. The research the authors did here blew me away.

Check it out. You might just discover a new favorite writer and a whole new way of seeing history in the process.

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