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Name:  Donna Seaman  

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Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Seaman lives in Chicago. Her radio show, ''Open Books'', is broadcast on WLUW in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donna Seaman is Editor of Adult Books for Booklist and a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum. She has reviewed for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others. A recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, she edited and created the fiction anthology ''In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness''. She has also won several Illinois Arts Council Awards for her radio program ''Open Books''. Seaman created her radio show ''Open Books'' in 1994, and has been co-producer and host ever since, conducting interviews with dozens of fiction writers, poets, essayists, memoirists, and nature writers. Her author interviews are collected in ''Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books''. She has written biocritical essays for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers.


The James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism Pushcart Prize Special Mentions

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Selected Titles At Your Library

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ISBN: 9781620407585. OCLC Number: 953576480

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Donna Seaman brings to life seven forgotten woman artists: Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Lois Mailou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Christina Ramberg, and Lenore Tawney. These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects -- not makers -- of art--

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ISBN: 1589880218. OCLC Number: 57579287

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A collection of the author's interviews from her Chicago-based radio program: Open books. They discuss their inspirations, their favorite books, their working and research habits. The author also connects each author's books with other writing, creating constellations of related books and ideas to introduce readers to writing they might not discover on their own.