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Woman’s History Month

on March 1, 2012

March is Women’s History Month, and the theme this year is Women’s Education Women’s Empowerment.

You can read more about the the theme here.

The Kidlit Community celebrates Women’s History Month with an outstanding blog. The blog includes guest posts from children’s authors as well as those who blog in the children’s literature world. I would highly recommend subscribing to the Kidlit Community Women’s History Month Blog. It’s a treat everyday in your e-mail or blog reader.

You can find out more about the blog here.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to give a special shout-out to young adult author, Carole Estby Dagg, for her outstanding book, The Year We Were Famous.

Carole’s story, The Year We Were Famous, begins in Mica Creek, Washington when the family home faces foreclosure, and seventeen-year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to raise a lot of money fast—no easy feat for two women in 1896. Helga wants to tackle the problem with her usual loud and flashy style, while Clara favors a less showy approach. Together they come up with a plan to walk the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek, Washington, to New York City—and if they can do it in only seven months, a publisher has agreed to give them $10,000. The story is based on the true story of Carole’s great-aunt and great-grandmother. The historical adventure is set during the time of the suffragist movement, the 1896 presidential campaign, and the changing perception of “a woman’s place” in society.

There is a great interview with Carole about the process of writing the book at Authorlink.

In the interview, it is mentioned that Carole’s manuscript was rejected 29 times, and when asked: How did you stay motivated? Why didn’t you give up? Did you revise after every rejection? She responded: I took each rejection as a sign I wasn’t ready yet, took more classes and workshops, revised, and submitted again. I became so obsessed with getting it right that I quit my job as assistant director of Everett Public Library to spend more time researching and rewriting. I didn’t inherit Clara and Helga’s physical endurance, but I guess I did inherit the stubborn Norwegian persistence gene.

That endurance paid off and The Year We Were Famous was a winner of the SCBWI Sue Alexandra Award for Most Promising New Manuscript.

There is a ton of great information about The Year We Were Famous on Carole’s website here.

Carole also wrote a great blog post about using “old school props” in her author talks. You can read that blog interview here.

The Year We Were Famous is a great book to read to celebrate Women’s History Month, and it’s a great book for bookgroups. It’s my choice in the Women’s Bookclub this month, and I’m very excited to have Carole coming to talk to our group about her book.

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One response to “Woman’s History Month

  1. […] I’ll be signing with my great, writer friend, Carole Dagg, author of The Year We Were Famous. You can find out all about Carole in this blog post I wrote here. […]

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