Friday, March 30, 2018

Wrapping Up Women's History Month

I'm beginning this wrap up of our celebration of Women's History Month with a reminder for all of you to enter our giveaway of 30 People Who Changed the World: Fascinating Bite-Sized Essays from Award-Winning Writers (Seagrass Press), edited by Jean Reynolds, if you haven't already done so.

Carla announced the giveaway on Monday, when she posted a terrific interview with Jean Reynolds. But Carla was too modest to mention that her essay, "Radium Girls," is included in the book, which is why we chose to offer this giveaway in conjunction with Women's History Month. In the essay, subtitled "The Taste of Death," Carla shares the sad story of how female factory workers contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with radium so that they'd glow in the dark. Maybe in a future post Carla will share what led to her writing this essay. My guess is, it may be connected to her research for her acclaimed nonfiction book Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium.

Esther's Women's History Month post included a great list of resources on the topic. I'd like to add one more: a Nerdy Book Club post by Kate Hannigan listing 31 New Picture Book Biographies to Celebrate Women's History Month as part of the #31Women31Books campaign. Kate is also featuring an interview on her blog with Heather Lang, author of one of the 31 biographies as well as books about other notable women of history. You can read that interview here

And don't forget about the Playing by Heart "Book Bag and Swag" giveaway I'm hosting for Women's History Month. You'll find all the details on this page of my website, along with a link to where you can download a free PDF excerpt of Playing by Heart. Don't delay. The giveaway ends tomorrow, March 31!

Be sure to check out this week's Poetry Friday Roundup hosted by Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe.

And remember to always Write with Joy!


Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, Radium Girls! I need this book. Earlier this year, when I was prepping students for a visit with Sara Albee I included information about the Radium Girls. My middle schoolers were astounded that this could happen to anyone. I'm happy to say that Albee's book, Poison flew off our library shelves and is still amazingly popular with the kids. We sold more of her non-fiction books than books of any other visiting author....proving once again that fact is totally stranger than fiction and at least as fascinating. Thanks for the possibility of snagging this book here....I think I will find a way to get it no matter what!

Carla Killough McClafferty said...

Dear Linda, I'm so glad your students love nonfiction. So do I. The radium girls post was taken from my book Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium. You and your students might like this book as I write about Marie Curie as a woman first and scientist second. And the Nonfiction Minute is a great way to keep readers excited about nonfiction topics. Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad Sara Albee's visit and books were a big hit!