Lillie Gardner is a writer of prose and screenplays in St. Paul, Minnesota. She loves literary fiction and memoir—both to read and to write—and is particularly excited about quirky Midwestern stories and women's history. When she's not writing or reading, she's usually teaching piano, taking her cat Ava Gardner for a stroll or chasing after the newest vegan eats in the Twin Cities.
book cover of The Portraitist, featuring an 18th-century oil painting self-portrait of a woman with a brush and paint palette
Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: The Portraitist by Susanne Dunlap

I recently wrote about the 18th-century French painter Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun for Feminist Book Club’s “Reclaiming the Canon” series, so I was excited to see a new historical novel out about one of Vigée Le Brun’s contemporaries, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. Susanne Dunlap’s The Portraitist is a novelized account of Labille-Guiard’s career as one of the …

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activism and a beginner's mindset - a smiling woman works on her computer and talks on the phone
Blog, Social Justice

10 Reasons You Should Bring a Beginner’s Mindset to Activism

Is “activism” a scary word for you? Are you terrified to phonebank, nervous to start volunteering for a nonprofit, or unsure how to actually fight for social justice? If so, I have some great news for you (thanks to some, ahem, potentially embarrassing lived experiences): You do not have to know what you are doing! …

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