Women,History & Books

Celebrating Women’s History All This Month…
March is a fun and somewhat exhausting month for us at Simple Pleasures. Since we are a bookstore run by women, predominantly for women, Women’s History Month is a big deal to us. More so this year, since we are sponsoring not one- but two events to mark the occasion.
 Our first event was held on March 12th, hosted by our lovely friends at Ashland Coffee & Tea . We held an Author’s Showcase featuring Beth Brown and Ruth Doumlele.

 Ruth spoke about some of the unique and courageous women in her book, The Randolph Women and Their Men. She told tales of innovation, quiet strength and iron will in the face of pain and adversity. While the Randolph men of Virginia made their mark in history, the women stood quietly behind them doing their part to build this country… largely unnoticed nor acknowledged. Beth Brown’s book, Wicked Richmond focuses on the more scandalous side of the capital of Virginia’s past. One of the chapters is devoted to a female figure who has been characterized by the history books as either notorious, crazy or both – the Civil War spy, Elizabeth Van Lew. I was always intrigued by this woman who used her brains and wiles to get crucial information to the Union Army under the nose of the military while living in the capital of the Confederacy. Ruth and Beth both gave talks on the subjects in their books to those attending the event.

Beth Brown speaking about Elizabeth Van LewRuth Doumlele talking about the Randolph Women

 It was a great event and a lovely day. Ruth Doumlele will be returning for our followup event on March 26th – our Author’s Roundtable, also held at Ashland Coffee & Tea. In addition to Ruth Doumlele, we will also be joined by other area authors : Pamela K. Kinney, Joanne Liggan, Mary Montague Sikes and Sylvia  Wright. Sylvia just returned from a lecture engagement in Washington D.C where her book, A Path Worn Smooth was noted and recommended by The National Women’s History Project. A link to the article can be found here.

  The National Women’s History Project has designated that the theme for this years Women’s History Month is:

Our History is Our Strength

 We at Simple Pleasures couldn’t agree more with that sentiment. Sadly, though- throughout the annals of history the contributions of women have been largely overlooked.

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
Virgina Woolf
Unfortunately, this is an incredibly accurate statement. But, we can do our best to change that. The theme of last years celebration was Write Women Back into History , and to us that is the key to making the contributions of women more widely known. So,we are continuing both themes with our celebration this year.


During our Author’s Rountable event on March 26th, our participating authors will discuss women in history, literature and in their personal and professional lives who have inspired, influenced and helped them. We will also discuss ways that we can encourage the voices of other young women in their life and craft.

As part of our celebration we will be offering some of Simple Pleasures Women in History & Literature Book Picks at special event prices. Our participating authors will also have their own titles on hand for purchase and will be available to sign copies and take questions after the discussion.

Please join us on Saturday, March 26th- from 1-4 pm at Ashland Coffee & Tea

                                        100 N. Railroad Avenue  Ashland VA. 23005


About Simple Pleasures Bookgal

Simple Pleasures Books features a wide selection of new and used books, featuring southern authors, our local Virginia authors and specialize in women's interests. We can be contacted by message here, via email @ : simplepleasuresbooks@gmail.com via our Facebook page : SP Books & Gifts and you can follow us on Twitter
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