March 15, 2017

Library at Labyrinth Hosts Talk on Women Writers 

“Library Live at Labyrinth” will feature Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord in a conversation about their book At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present (Princeton Univ. Press ($29.95). The event will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

A review in Publishers Weekly finds the book “Convincing, compelling, and — perhaps most importantly — concise. Spending just a few pages at a time on each novel, Nord and DiBattista’s readings are close but not confining, and compact enough to illuminate the overall narrative without dragging it down. Readers acquainted with the writers discussed, who range chronologically from Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë to Nadine Gordimer and Marilynne Robinson, will eagerly await their favorite books’ four pages of fame. The book’s style makes it accessible to less seasoned readers expanding their literary knowledge.”

Maria DiBattista is professor of English at Princeton University. Her books include Novel Characters and Imagining Virginia Woolf. Deborah Epstein Nord is professor of Literature at Princeton. Her books include Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807–1930 and Walking the Victorian Streets.