Ruth Panofsky | In Her Voice
November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Please join us for a special In Her Voice event in celebration of Ruth Panofsky‘s new book, Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing.
Wednesday November 20
6:30 to 8pm
(Doors at 6)
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street
This is a free event. All are welcome.
The first-ever study of women in Canadian publishing, Toronto Trailblazers delves into the cultural influence of seven key women who, despite pervasive gender bias, helped advance a modern literary culture for Canada.
Publisher Irene Clarke, scholarly editors Eleanor Harman and Francess Halpenny, trade editors Sybil Hutchinson, Claire Pratt, and Anna Porter, and literary agent Bella Pomer made the most of their vocational prospects, first by securing their respective positions and then by refining their professional methods. Individually, each woman asserted her agency by adapting orthodox ways of working within Canadian publishing. Collectively, and perhaps more importantly, their overarching approach emerged more broadly as a feminist practice. Guided by the resolve to make industry-wide improvements, these women disrupted the dominant masculine paradigm and reinvigorated the culture of publishing and authorship in Canada. Through their vision and method these trailblazing women became agents of change who helped transform publishing practice.
Ruth Panofsky is a professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University.