We’re celebrating International Women’s Day 2012 all week with highlights from Gwethalyn Graham: A Liberated Woman in a Conventional Age by Barbara Meadowcroft

Challenge your thinking and rediscover Gwethalyn Graham

International Women’s Day is tomorrow, and this year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures. This year we’d like to share with you the books in our Women Who Rock Series and hope you’ll be inspired.

In 2008, Barbara Meadowcroft wrote Gwethalyn Graham: A Liberated Woman in a Conventional Age. She passionately describes her connection to Graham through her writing about the culture and experiences of living in Montreal:

When I first read Earth and High Heaven five years ago, I was impressed by the quality of the writing and the skill with which Gwethalyn Graham evokes the atmosphere of Montreal during World War II. Without ever letting the novel degenerate into propaganda, Graham exposes the anti-Semitism rampant at that time. …Throughout her writing, Gwethalyn Graham pleads for tolerance and the right of each person to be judged as an individual and not as a member of a racial or religious group. She was also a feminist, fervently opposing any kind of discrimination against women.

Graham lived in Montreal, and her rich, detailed writing won her a spot at the top of the New York Times’ Bestseller List. Meadowcroft explores the places that were an inspiration to Graham:

Montreal and its environs are very much present in Earth and High Heaven. Erica and Marc get to know each other while sitting in Dominion Square, feeding the pigeons. On dates, they walk on Mount Royal, dance at one of Montreal’s famed clubs, or drive alon the Lakeshore and take the ferry to Île Bizard. Gwethalyn enjoyed wandering about Montreal as she planned her novel.

For more information about Gwethalyn Graham: A Liberated Woman in a Conventional Age visit our site here.

Tomorrow we’ll be announcing the next great woman to be featured in the Women Who Rock series so be sure to check back then!

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