Women in the Literary Landscape: A Panel About & Beyond the Centennial Publication

First; books of 1917; historical fictionThe Centennial Party maybe be over but you’re not off the hook—we have more Centennial events! Women in the Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women’s National Book 

Association is still forthcoming. The book’s official released date is in March, but you don’t need to wait to hear more about women’s roles in the literary world (and also have the opportunity to purchase advances of the book)!

Next week, on November 7th at 6 PM, the WNBA and Pace University are hosting a conversation entitled “Women in the Literary Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities.” Moderated by our own Rosalind Reisner, editor and contributing author to the publication, this talk will bring distinguished panelists together in a discussion about the strategies they and other literary women have used to overcome barriers.




Alice Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University and former president of the Organization of American Historians. She specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender.

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of history and women’s studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Sarah Blackwood is an Associate Professor of English at Pace University. With Sarah Mesle, she is the co-founder and co-editor of the magazine Avidly and the forthcoming short book series from NYU Press, Avidly Reads.

Jamia Wilson is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. She joined the Press after serving as Executive Director of Women, Action, & the Media, a direct-action network dedicated to creating gender justice in media at all levels.

Rosalind Reisner, Moderator, is the editor and a contributing author of Women in the Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women’s National Book Association, published this fall by C&R Press.


Women in the Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women’s National Book Association

From colonial times, women have been at the forefront of significant developments in the literary community and the book world. Despite this important history, no single publication has provided an overview of women’s roles in writing, publishing, bookselling, and librarianship. With Women in the Literary Landscape, in honor of its Centennial, the WNBA breaks new ground with a narrative connecting women’s contributions in these fields with the relevant social history.

About Blog Editor

The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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