Buzz About the Book

Publisher's Weekly says

Publishing veteran Tomaselli and librarian Reisner spearhead a host of contributors to this informative reference work, which celebrates both the 2017 centennial of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) and, more generally, the role of women in American publishing since the country’s founding. As with much of women’s history, women’s influence on the book business has been largely unheralded, the authors write. Their aim is to correct that . . . . Literary researchers will find a treasure trove of material here.

         — Publishers Weekly, full review here

Readings and Publicity

Writers on

Women in the Literary Landscape

Brilliantly written and researched . . . . every page is filled with surprises, enchantments, and exciting new information of significance.

— From the foreword by Blanche Wiesen Cook,
biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt

I felt enormously proud as I read this book. It’s well-written and wonderfully researched and it made my heart sing. Reading about the ways women have been part of our literary heritage from the beginning was fascinating and inspiriting. It made me realize how brave and determined these women were, how energetic, how indefatigable . . . .Brava to women booksellers, and to all the other women who have been so invaluable to the culture of books in this country. And brava to the WNBA for producing this marvelous volume.

—Roxana Robinson, author (Sparta, 2014)
and former head of Author’s Guild

The American world of books would have been poor indeed without the many significant contributions women have made throughout our country's relatively short history.  It is so good to have them gathered together and brought to life in this excellent book. Congratulations to WNBA, and may this vital organization flourish and prosper for at least another hundred years!

—Deirdre Bair, biographer Simone de Beauvoir,
Samuel Becket, and others

Appearances and Events

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