R205. The Political Woman: Historical Novelists Reimagine and Reclaim Women's Place in Politics

Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


While rarely central and often discounted, women have always played a role in politics. In this panel, historical novelists discuss how and why they chose to unearth and reimagine the lost and untold stories of women in politics. What are the risks and rewards of using fiction to place women at the center of political narratives? What liberties are novelists compelled, or unwilling, to take with the historical record?



Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust and Reliance, Illinois. She’s the founding director of the Saint Mary’s College Honors Program, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and she has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at Saint Mary’s College.

Erin Lindsay McCabe is the author of the historical novel I Shall Be Near To You, a Goodreads Choice Awards semi-finalist. A 2010 graduate of the St. Mary’s College of California MFA program, she has taught composition at St. Mary’s and Butte College.

Gina L. Mulligan is the author of two historical novels, Remember the Ladies and From Across the Room. She’s won awards from the Abilene Writers Guild, San Francisco LitQuake, and the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Gina is also the founder of the national charity Girls Love Mail.

Karen Joy Fowler has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her novels include Sarah Canary and The Jane Austen Book Club and most recently, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

Alex Myers's debut novel, Revolutionary, tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Samson, who disguised herself as a man in 1782 and fought for over a year in the American Revolutionary War. In addition to writing, Alex also works as speaker and educator on topics around transgender identity.


February 7–10, 2024
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