Before I get to today's post, I wanted to say bravo for the many wonderful author and book recommendations made in the entries for the Friendly Power giveaway.
Also, tonight we revved up the magic hat, and the winners of the giveaway are:
Nadia Lee, who likes Ilona Andrews and The Edge series
Sherri, who tossed her name in the hat so she definitely needs this book
Maripat, who is torn between the early Anita Blake books by LKH (have to agree with you there) and J.K. Rowling.
Lauraine D., who recommends Maria V. Snyder's books.
lxz, who mentioned Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Winners, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can send these books out to you. My thanks to everyone for joining in and adding yet more stuff to my next bookstore visit shopping list.
Onto the post:
Today is International Women's Day. If you're not familiar with it, every March 8th people around the world celebrate the wide variety of achievements of women from all countries and cultures, past and present, and mark the progress we've made toward gender equality.
Writer, teacher, editor and historian Dr. Gillian Polack graciously invited me to write a blog post to share something from my personal history that might fit the occasion. I did warn her that I'm just not that interesting, but she was very persuasive and talked me into giving it a try. Thus you can blame her for the result, which can be read on her LJ here.