Interview with Betsy Hearne

Monday, October 22, 2007.

Betsy HearneIn the abstract to her 2001 Humanities Lecture, Storied Lives, Betsy Hearne writes:

“Stories tell us who we are. The levels of narrative in our lives range from family anecdote to fairy tale, from worklore to technological mythology. Not only do our personal and social identities grow out of the stories we absorb, but our cultural survival depends on the stories we choose to believe.”

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author and scholar Betsy Hearne about her book Seven Brave Women (review on JOMB) which tells the stories of seven women in her family ranging from her great-great-great-grandmother to her own daughter, how stories impact our development and her thoughts on the evolution of the children’s book industry over the last forty years.

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Great Deeds from Dull to Daring: Seven Brave Women

Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

Seven Brave WomenAuthor: Betsy Hearne
Illustrator: Bethanne Andersen
Published: 1997 Greenwillow Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0060799218

Radiant with peace and perseverance, this beautiful string of family remembrances gently sips and savours the contributions of seven remarkably unremarkable women.

Read the story behind the story here.


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