Feminism/Women's Studies

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Kelly Jensen, editor of Here We Are and BookRiot

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Kelly Jensen, Book Riot editor and editor of the new book Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World.

Book Riot editor Kelly Jensen brings together a diverse group of influential voices—including Sierra Leonian-American ballerina Michaela DePrince, politician Wendy Davis, acclaimed authors Nova Ren Suma and Courtney Summers, and pop culture celebrities— to examine what feminism means for young readers in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World.

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ISBN: 9781616205867
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

Ellen Bravo, author of Again and Again

Why would the head of the nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence against women refuse to denounce a rapist running for the U.S. Senate? Noted women’s rights activist and author Ellen Bravo raises that question in her fiction debut, Again and Again. A story of shameful secrets, agonizing choices, and a remarkable friendship, this riveting novel explores the lingering toll of an alarmingly prevalent and notoriously mishandled crime on college campuses: date rape*.

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ISBN: 9781631529399
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Published: She Writes Press - August 11th, 2015

Kate Harding, author of Asking For It

Kate Harding author of Asking For It

A Room of One's Own, in partnership with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center, welcomes Kate Harding for a reading and Q&A on the crucial feminist topic of rape culture.

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ISBN: 9780738217024
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - August 25th, 2015

Authors Megan Milks, Cassandra Troyan, and Anna Vitale reading from their Feminist Works

Megan Milks, Cassandra Troyan, Anna Vitale

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome three new and provocative voices in feminist and queer writing, performance, and activism!

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ISBN: 9780989473606
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Published: Emergency Press - March 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781940430263
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Published: Artifice Books - October 14th, 2014

Susan Bernstein, author of Roomscape

Susan Bernstein author of Roomscape

A Room of One's Own is honored to welcome local author and professor Susan Bernstein for a reading from her new book of feminist scholarship, which breaks new ground in the study of our namesake and many other women's texts!

Roomscape explores a specific site—the Reading Room of the British Museum—as a space of imaginative potential in relation to the emergence of modern women writers in Victorian and early twentieth-century London. Drawing on archival materials, Roomscape is the first study to integrate documentary, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this space and its resources for women who wrote translations, poetry, and fiction. This book challenges an assessment of the Reading Room of the British Museum as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image established by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Rather than viewing reading and writing as solitary, Roomscape investigates the public, social, and spatial dimensions of literary production. The implications of this study reach into the current digital era and its transformations of practices of reading, writing, and archiving. Along with an appendix of notable readers at the British Museum from the last two centuries, the book contributes to scholarship on George Eliot, Amy Levy, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Constance Black Garnett, Christina Rossetti, Mathilde Blind, and Virginia Woolf.

Susan David Bernstein, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture (1997) as well as the co-editor with Elsie B. Michie of Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture (2009).

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ISBN: 9780748640652
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Published: Edinburgh University Press - March 28th, 2013

Voices from Independent Presses: Rita Mae Reese, Okla Elliott, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen

A Room of One's Own looks forward to welcoming three strong voices from independent publishers. Please join us for a reading and book signing from Okla Elliott, Rita Mae Reese, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen.

Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, among others. He is the author of the fiction collection From the Crooked Timber and a poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Ink . His novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement), is forthcoming in early 2015 from Dark House Press, and his book of translation Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker is forthcoming in late 2015 from Black Lawrence Press.



Rita Mae ReeseRita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, is available from Arktoi Books. An animated video of the title poem was created by Flavor to showcase at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Midwest Trade Show and can be viewed on her website at www.ritamaereese.com.



Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published two collections of short stories: Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press). Her fiction has garnered many awards, including the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. The central motif and conflict that runs through Kilberg Cohen's newest collection, Swarm to Glory, is that of endings. Some may be monumental endings, such as the end of a relationship in “Bottle of Wine,” or the end of life itself in “Appropriate Behavior.” Then again, some may be considered superficial endings, such as in "The Woman With the Longest Hair," where a haircut is significant only to the characters involved. In the face of such endings, Garnett's characters must decide whether they will be ruled by them, or whether, in spite of the ephemeral nature of all things, they will swarm to glory.

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ISBN: 9780980040739
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Published: Red Hen Press - February 1st, 2011

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WisCon Reception & Guest of Honor Readings: N.K. Jemisin & Hiromi Goto

A Room of One's Own is once again thrilled to welcome members of
the feminist science fiction convention WisCon to Madison! We are
honored to participate in the Dealer's Room and also to host the kickoff
event of the convention, a reception and reading by this year's Guests
of Honor, N. K. Jemisin and Hiromi Goto.


The reception begins at 6:00pm, and the reading will begin at 6:30! 

The reception and reading at Room is open to the public and is
the first taste of a weekend-long event, for which you must be
registered to attend. To learn more about WisCon, or to register
yourself for the con, see www.wiscon.info!



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ISBN: 9780316187282
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

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ISBN: 9781927063484
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Published: NeWest Press - April 30th, 2014

Feminist UW Faculty Book Party!

A grand gathering and book signing to celebrate the publication of five books by feminist UW faculty: Karma R. Chávez's Queer Migration PoliticsChrista J. Olson's Constitutive VisionsLinn Posey-Maddox's When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban SchoolsEllen Samuels's Fantasies of Identification, and Ethelene Whitmire's Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian. Book cakes and refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. All are welcome! Wheelchair accessible and child-friendly.


Karma R. Chávez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at UW-Madison. She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013), a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality, and a host of the radio program, "A Public Affair" on Madison's community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT. 

Christa Olson is an assistant professor of Composition & Rhetoric in the English department at UW-Madison. Her work brings together visual studies, rhetorical criticism, and the histories of Latin America.

Linn Posey-Maddox is an assistant professor of Educational Policy Studies at the UW-Madison whose research explores how changing social, economic, and demographic contexts in cities and metropolitan regions shape family-school relations in local school settings. Both Dr. Posey-Maddox’s teaching and research are informed by her experiences as a former elementary school teacher.

Ellen Samuels is an assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies, English, and Disability Studies at UW-Madison. She was the 2011 winner of the international Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship and the 2013 Program Chair for Disability Pride Madison. 

Ethelene Whitmire is an associate professor at UW-Madison's School of Library & Information Studies. She is interested in African American library history including her current "Audre Lorde was a librarian" project.


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ISBN: 9781479859498
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Published: New York University Press - April 25th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780252038501
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Published: University of Illinois Press - May 1st, 2014

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ISBN: 9780252079580
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Published: University of Illinois Press - November 15th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780271061993
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Published: Penn State University Press - February 15th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780226120218
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 18th, 2014

WI Book Festival

A Room of One's Own is once again pleased to be a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival! You will find amazing Wisconsin authors reading and signing books all over town, including here at Room and at the beautiful new Downtown Central Library!

Offsite: National Women's Music Festival

A Room of One's Own will once again be tabling in the vendor's room at National Women's Music Festival! Check out the fabulous music!
The National Women’s Music Festival is produced by Women In the Arts, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The 2013 National Women’s Music Festival — the 37th — will be held at the Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI 53562, on July 4-7.


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