We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
March 10, 2022

Episode 74 - Women Writers Buried in Virginia Part 2

Episode 74 - Women Writers Buried in Virginia Part 2

Jennie and Dianne continue their discussion with Sharon Pajka, PhD about the 44 ordinary extraordinary women writers covered in her book 'Women Writers Buried in Virginia'. In this episode we are introduced to Ella Howard Bryan who wrote westerns under the nom de plume Clinton Dangerfield and formed a friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt. We also hear about Amélie Louise Rives Chanler Troubetzky a novelist who later married into royalty and became a princess; and we discuss the sad fate of the headstone for Julia Magruder an award winning writer who championed child labor laws and rights for women among many of her essays.

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To purchase your copy of "Women Writers Buried in Virginia" by Sharon Pajka, PhD, follow these links:

The History Press link: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467150668 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Buried-Virginia-American-Heritage/dp/1467150665/ref=sr_1_1?crid=GF9X6DD0NWPC&keywords=women+writers+buried+in+virginia&qid=1645988626&sprefix=women+writers+buried+in+virginia%2Caps%2C79&sr=8-1

Online presentation (online signed book purchasing is available): 

Searching for Women Writers and Reading the Dead
Thu, March 17, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

River City Cemetarians: https://www.facebook.com/RiverCityCemetarians

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Dr. Sharon Pajka

Sharon Pajka is a Professor in the Department of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. Her recent publications focus on deaf characters and dead (e.g. vampire) characters in adolescent literature.

Her doctoral research focused on the portrayals and perceptions of Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. She currently keeps a research blog on the topic: http://pajka.blogspot.com/.

She enjoys teaching courses in adolescent literature and literary studies along with teaching interdisciplinary courses, including “Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture,” which made The Washington Post's list of "The 15 Oddest College Courses in the D.C. Region".

In 2018, Dr. Pajka completed a graduate program in Public History at the University of Richmond while developing a course focused on dark tourism.

On the weekends, you can find her in the cemetery giving history tours, and running River City Cemetarians; or, you can find her in the blogosphere at http://Goth-Gardening.blogspot.com/ where she uses “gardening” as a metaphor for living a more gothy life.