Monday News: RIP Cathie Linz, how to read books via Overdrive, a Romance fanzine, and in praise of strong female characters
Cathie Linz (Cat Devon) was a librarian, a writer, and one of those generous, soft-spoken, iron-willed women who GOT THINGS DONE. Those of us who are members of Romance Writers of America are grateful for her concept of Librarians’ Day and the organizational skills that brought it about. Godspeed, Cathie. –Facebook
Many public libraries on the US and around the world lend ebooks through OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and other services.
When it comes to fiction, OverDrive is the most used platform. OD offers apps for Android, Windows Phone, and iOS. It also lets you read in your web browser and works with most ereaders, including the Kindle (but only in the US). –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
A huge THANK YOU to the terrific Laurie Ormond, who did the bulk of the proofreading — any remaining typos are all my fault! — and to our wonderful contributors, whose creativity is showcased in our inaugural issue: Ainslie Paton, Andrew Li, Clarisse Djaja, Decadence, Ian McLean, Jodi McAlister, Kate Cuthbert, M. L. Cuthbert, Rhyll Biest, Sam Joice, Sandra Antonelli, Shannon Curtis, Shiloh Walker, and Shona Husk. –Book Thingo
But here’s the thing: complicated women are exactly what is meant by the phrase “strong female character.” The “strength” implied by the term is in her complexity, her relatability, her compassion, her perseverance, her faults, her struggles, her triumphs, and her failures. It’s those moments in a character where they show you your best self, and your worst, and it’s any time you argued with your friends over which character from your favorite TV show you were, or said to yourself “I wish this person was my best friend.”
Women are no strangers to misrepresented phrasing. We’ve spent the better part of the last few years arguing against finding a new word for “feminist” because, to us, it is not the word that is the problem. The problem, as we see it, is in the misinterpretations of the few, that can hurt the cause of the many. But we don’t back down. We call ourselves feminists because that is what we are. We aren’t “equalists” or whatever other “feminist alternative” is in these days. We can’t abandon the word just because we, as Abigail Rine put it, “have a brand problem.” –Tricia Ennis