Sunday, June 24, 2012

Derring-Do & Nancy Drew Us In - A Panel Discussion

If you want to attend a panel on Nancy Drew, there's one in Washington D.C.  in July - here are the details:

Derring-do & Nancy Drew Us In

A panel sponsored by American Women Writers National Museum
11:30-1:30 p.m. at 1275 K St NW @13th St. NW, Suite 102
Washington, D.C. 20005
(13th St. shared space entrance)

        Across generations since the 1930's, iconic American "teen detective queen", 16 -year -old Nancy Drew, remains the ageless fictional heroine who inspired and entertained young women, and whose popularity continues unabated.

        An artistic rendering of Drew in her speedy roadster zooms to the AWWNM website.

        Sales of Drew "original version" hardcover books have surpassed sales of Agatha Christie titles, according to Wikipedia.

        Entertainment Weekly calls Nancy "The first female heroine embraced by little girls. Nancy lives in an endless summer of adventure and unlimited potential."

        "A cultural icon, Nancy Drew has been cited as a formative influence by prominent women: Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush," according to Wikipedia.

        Nancy Drew mysteries were ghost-written by several American women authors under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

        Nancy Drew and other "girl sleuths" is the topic of a Tuesday July 10 panel discussion by D.C. area experts including:

        *Ann Hudak, literature and rare books curator of Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries. Hudak curated the "Nancy Drew and Friends: Girls Series Books Rediscovered" exhibition at the University of Maryland-College Park. The expansive exhibit is available on line

        *Leona Fisher, associate professor emerita of English at Georgetown University, has published several articles on Nancy Drew, and is at work on a book-in-progress: Was Nancy Drew a Girl Scout? Constructions of American Girlhood in the 20th Century.

        *Kathy Harig, a former librarian who appears regularly on WCEI radio to review mysteries and other books, is an ardent Nancy Drew fan. A former librarian at Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, she is now proprietor of the Mystery Loves Company bookstore in Oxford, Maryland.

        *Elizabeth Foxwell serves as managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection, the only U.S. scholarly journal on mystery and detective fiction. A winner of the prestigious Agatha Award for Short Story, she will moderate the July 10 panel. Foxwell, who reviews mysteries for Publishers Weekly, edits the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series. The latest book in that series is Andrea Camilleri: A companion to the Mystery Fiction.

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