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December 12, 2006

Wellesley, MA—Subscriptions are being accepted and the text is being laid out for Women's Review of Books, which will be re-launched in January 2006 – a great achievement for a small, specialty publication which was forced to suspend publishing last December due to financial constraints. Founded by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) in 1983, Women’s Review was published monthly for 22 years and will return as a bimonthly tabloid – made possible due to a new partnership between WCW and Old City Publishing (OCP), a small publisher of journals and books in Philadelphia, PA.

Highlights from the Women’s Review of Books January/February 2006 comeback issue include:

  • Dorothy Allison on An Atomic Romance, the new novel by Bobbie Ann Mason.
  • Linda Gordon on The Solitude of Self: Thinking about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, by Vivian Gornick.
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin on With Billie, Julia Blackburn’s oral history of Billie Holiday.
  • Bitch magazine editor Andi Zeisler on The New Single Woman, by Kay Trimberger, and Marriage: A History from Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage, by Stephanie Coontz.
  • Comedian and author of What the L, Kate Clinton, on why we don’t see women hosting late night talk shows.
  • Carol Seajay on what ‘40s and ‘50s pulp novels, reissued by The Feminist Press, Cleis Press, and others, have to offer today’s readers.
  • Bettina Brandt on the “secret library,” suppressed writings from pre-unification East Germany.
  • Suzanne Ruta interviews Doha Boraki, the smart and engaging Moroccan feminist, novelist, and translator.
  • Jasmin Darznik reviews A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, by Nelofer Pazira.
  • Marguerite Itamar Harrison reviews First World Third Class and Other Tales of the Global Mix, by Brazilian writer Regina Rheda.

Plus photography by Karen Davis; poetry by Maxine Kumin and Alicia Ostiker, selected by returning Poetry Editor Robin Becker; and the first installment of Women’s Review’s new “ What I’m Reading” column, this month by feminist guru Jennifer Pozner.

Many of the most acclaimed and influential feminist scholars and writers in the country have appeared in the pages of Women’s Review and the publication will continue to provide a forum where women’s studies scholars and feminist activists can exchange ideas, research, and experience.

Women’s Review’s editorial offices continue to be located at WCW in Wellesley, MA, while advertising, subscription fulfillment, and production are based out of OCP. Advertising and subscription sales are necessary to ensure ongoing success and the editorial and publishing staff is hoping that holiday gift subscriptions will give the re-launch a strong financial boost.

All editorial inquiries, books to be considered for review, and publisher’s catalogues should be directed to Amy Hoffman, Women’s Review of Books, Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481;

Requests for subscriptions or advertising information should be directed to Old City Publishing, 628 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123; 215.925.4390. Subscription forms can be downloaded directly from Customers with previous unexpired subscriptions will have their remaining time added to a new subscription when they re-subscribe.

Content from back issues, and a complete index to Women’s Review of Books, can be found here.

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