Doris Lessing, the British author who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature last week, is the 11th woman to win an award in that category. She is in good company with the likes of Toni Morrison (1993) and Pearl Buck (1938). In all, 34 women since 1901 have been awarded Nobel Prizes including: Mother Teresa in 1979 (Peace); Marie Curie in 1903 (Physics) and again in 1911 (Chemistry); and Jane Addams in 1931 (Peace). A full list of those women honored by the Swedish Academy is available on the official Nobel Prize site.
For more on these laureates, try:
Doris Lessing: A Biography by Carole Klein
Toni Morrison by Jill Matus
Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography by Peter Conn
Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta”
by Mother Teresa
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla McClafferty
Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy by Louise Knight
Tuesday, October 23, 7 PM
Meet The Author Hear author Roland Haas talk about his book, Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA Assassin. Patrick Henry Library. To sign up, call 703-938-0405.
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
The How-Tos of Podcasting Age 12-18. George Mason Regional Library. To sign up, call 703-256-3800.
Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Reading Across the Centuries. Join a great literature book group. Writer and university instructor Wendi Kaufman facilitates a discussion of Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. Pohick Regional Library. To sign up, call 703-644-7333.
Tuesday, October 30, 7 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Legal and Financial Challenges of Caregiving. Learn about essential legal and financial tools to aid in long-term care planning. Cosponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium. To register call 703-324-5205. George Mason Regional Library