Women Spy Writers!

Ian Fleming’s James Bond; John Le Carre’s George Smiley; Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne: the espionage shelves are packed with male spies by male writers. Which makes the following gripping titles and series penned by women a welcome change of pace.

Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht.
A different sort of spy story full of anticipation with an almost sultry atmosphere as we wait along with Vera Kelly.  Set in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Knecht captures the classic Cold War struggle between the CIA and revolutionary, nationalist communists that personified an entire era. Interwoven within the story is how Vera Kelly found herself as a lone spy observing a dangerous coup.  An utterly compelling read that is hard to put down. Continue reading “Women Spy Writers!”

Lady Power!

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Today, in honor of those fierce and fabulous ladies over at The FBomb Breakfast Club, I want to talk about the power of women helping women succeed. There’s a special feeling when you know a lady (or a crew of them) has your back, encouraging you and reminding you how strong a worker and teammate you truly are. (Thanks, Team! You know who you are!!) Continue reading “Lady Power!”

Have you heard of the #LemonadeSyllabus?

lemonade-syllabusWhen Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade was released this past April, it became an internet sensation. But did you hear about the amazing resource, titled the Lemonade Syllabus, which was inspired by it?

After many people across the world watched Beyoncé’s visual album, writer and educator Candice Benbow wanted to find a way to continue the conversation around the album’s themes of Black female empowerment and feminism. So Benbow started the hashtag “#LemonadeSyllabus” and asked that Black women around the world use the hashtag to suggest songs, books, film and poetry that were “primarily by Black women- that they believe best accompanied Lemonade and spoke to the essence of Black womanhood in its historical and contemporary manifestations.”  Continue reading “Have you heard of the #LemonadeSyllabus?”

Bring Down the House

bring-down-the-houseHave you heard the latest about William Shakespeare? Oxford University Press recently credited Christopher Marlowe as co-author for Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3. NPR has an interesting interview with Gary Taylor, Florida State University professor and one of the general editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare, in which he details the process for determining authorship.

In an act of remarkable timing, you have three chances to catch a performance from an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s (and Marlowe’s) Henry VI trilogy at The Seattle Public Library.  Actors will read an excerpt from Seattle Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Bring Down the House, a thunderous, all-female, two-part adaptation of the Henry VI trilogy. Each reading will be followed by a question and answer session. Continue reading “Bring Down the House”

Directed By Women is Underway at Your Library

     – Posted by Nancy P

The global viewing party Directed by Women is underway, and Seattle Public Library is part of it! Join the global party this September, as people across the United States and around the world in United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, India, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Canada and Australia celebrate women directors and their works.

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