Saline District Library today announced that Lora Bex Lempert – author of Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity – will pay a special visit to the library at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 2, for a fascinating and informative afternoon discussing her book and research.
Lora Bex Lempert is visiting the Saline District Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2017 Michigan Notable Authors Tour. This year, several authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2017 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state.
“It’s a literary treat to have Dr. Lempert in our community, sharing her captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Mary Ellen Mulcrone, Saline District Library Director. “Her work is especially compelling knowing that her research was conducted right down the road at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility.”
One third of the world’s imprisoned women are in the United States, and Women Doing Life shines a spotlight on the experiences of 72 women serving life sentences in Michigan. Through in-depth interviews, Lempert brings these marginalized women back into the center of the public arena, drawing attention to their complicated, contradictory, and yet compelling lives. Not only a look at the ways in which women “do crime” differently than men, her book is also a study of the ways women grow and create meaningful lives in the most restrictive of environments.
Lora Bex Lempert is a University of Michigan–Dearborn Professor Emerita. She was a professor of sociology in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and assistant research scientist in the Institute for Research on Women & Gender. Lempert was involved in promoting the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in Michigan and providing college level courses to the inmates of the Scott Correctional Facility for Women and the Huron Valley Women’s Facility. She received her B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1968, her M.S. degree from San Francisco State University in 1985, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1992.
“This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “The tour offers the opportunity for book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.”
Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage. The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience.
The 2017 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council, and Michigan Department of Education. Additional sponsors include Meijer, Michigan Center for the Book, MSU College of Arts & Letters, and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
The Saline District Library is located at 555 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176. For details about this author event, call 734-429-5450 or visit online at www.salinelibrary.org.