Grace Moremen’s latest collection of her mother’s letters has received Dog Ear Publishing’s Award of Literary Excellence. The book chronicles Agnes Edwards Partin’s accomplishments in Los Angeles in the early to mid-twentieth century.
Claremont, CA, July 03, 2019 — Creating a book of her mother’s letters was more than a labor of love for Grace Moremen. It allowed her to continue her mother’s story and include her greatest accomplishment – earning a doctorate – as well as providing valuable data for researchers in the field of women’s/gender studies. That book has earned an Award of Literary Excellence from Dog Ear Publishing.
Moremen said she was “surprised and pleased” to learn about the award. “I never expected such an honor. And it’s most gratifying to see the seal of the award on the front cover of the book.”
Award of Literary Excellence winners are determined by the company’s editorial team. The managing editor, editorial services manager and the publisher review its recommendations, and only a few books each year achieve the honor.
“There’s a lot to like about this book,” Dog Ear editors note. “Firstly, it’s a clear labor of love, and many people have worked to make it what it is. It also gives great and personal insight into Agnes, who was unmistakably way ahead of her time in terms of her thoughts and actions; and many of Agnes’ thoughts are still relevant today. Maybe even more so!”
Moremen agrees with the book’s importance in chronicling history. “I think I am most proud of the fact that I was able to obtain six archival photos from the Los Angeles Public Library that illustrate some of the historical references in the letters,” she said.
“In my opinion, the research I did to place letters in historical context gave this book its literary merit,” Moremen declares. “In her foreword, Janet Vandevender, former associate dean of Student Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, says that Agnes’s account of her choices, struggles, and success, set in a previous generation, is just the sort of story that young women are longing for these days.”
In “Rising to the Challenge in Los Angeles: The Letters of Agnes Edwards Partin 1926-1956,”set in the context of the explosive growth of Los Angeles from 1926 to 1956, tell the story of a middle class, married woman with young children ahead of her time as she pursues a professional career. Her constant need to balance child care and domestic life with the demands of her career as a writer/literary agent/teacher create many of the same tensions and anxieties that continue to challenge women today.
“Agnes, in her heart of hearts, was a writer, and she made her letters entertaining, suspenseful and, on occasion, emotionally moving,” Moremen said. “They are page turners.” She said her mother’s legacy “is her confirmation of and appreciation for women’s abilities to succeed in the many tasks they choose.”
Moremen said she faced two major challenges in writing the book: the “30-year time span and the sweep of history that the letters encompassed, and the voluminous number of approximately 1,000 letters in this group which required the laborious task of evaluating, selecting, condensing, and summarizing.”
She hopes earning the Award of Literary Excellence will help promote interest in her book and boost sales, as well as the website Dog Ear created for the book. She would like to get the local Friends of the Library to sponsor a book signing, and she plans to target college and university libraries. “I have a list of librarians whose libraries have Agnes’ earlier books and some have shown interest in buying this one. Also, I will ask the Los Angeles Public Library if they will sell it in their shop,” she said.
Moremen, who lives in Claremont, Calif., also edited two other collections of letters by Agnes: “Student Life at the University of California, Berkeley, During and After World War I, 1917-1921” and “Boston Glass Ceiling, 1922-192.”
She said Dog Ear’s staff “could not have been more helpful and patient as, together, we brought this book into being…I greatly appreciate Dog Ear’s policy of allowing the author to have the same coordinator throughout the editing and publication process.”
For additional information, please visit www.gemoremenlachallenge.com.
Rising to the Challenge in Los Angeles: The Letters of Agnes Edwards Partin 1926-1956
Grace E. Moremen, editor
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6864-0 530 pages $22.95 US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
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