News! (And a newsletter)

Newsboy-bigger 20259vI suppose I should come up with  a clever build up to the news, but I’m too jazzed to bother.  I’m just going to blurt it out:  I’ve got a book deal with Beacon Press.   Beacon has a history of publishing smart, important works of non-fiction.  I hope I don’t disappoint.

For the next fourteen months, I’m going to be heads down writing Women Warriors,* a global history of women for whom battle wasn’t a metaphor, written in a style that the Marginalia will find very familiar.** Depending on where you start counting, I’ve been working on this idea for two years, or maybe 30.  I intend to look at both well-known and obscure examples, drawn from the ancient world through the modern day. Their stories will include lying, cheating, murder and revenge as well as defense of home, heart, nation, and religious conviction–sometimes in one story.  Some of the stories I intend to tell involve simple acts of heroism, without regard to whether the way in which they fought was a “good war” or a pointless and bloody game of political dominoes.*** Others are both revered as national heroines and reviled as arch-villains, depending on which side of the battlefield your ancestors stood on.  A few of the women I discuss led their nations into wars that were as bloody, stupid and greedy as those instigated by any of their historical male counterparts.

What does that mean for History in the Margins?  Glad you asked.  I still intend to publish regular posts about the historical topics I’m thinking about, though the topics may veer more heavily toward women at war than they have in the past.  I’ll share any big news, but I’ll try not to clutter this space with posts about speaking gigs or small news.  Instead I’m starting a newsletter where I’ll share news (when I have it) and talk about the process of thinking and writing about history.  It will come out less often than History on the Margins, twice a month unless I have BIG news that just can’t wait.

If you’re interested in the newsletter, you can sign up here: .  **** The first issue will be coming out soon.

Buckle up.  It’s going to be a wild ride.

*The title may change. The idea will not.

**Complete with footnotes, asides, and a hint of attitude.

***The concept of a “good war” is tricky.  One woman’s “good war” is another woman’s imperial land grab.

****This isn’t very elegant.  I’m new at the newsletter business.  If all goes smoothly, you should get a welcome e-mail from me after you confirm your subscription.  Let me know if it works?







  1. Christopher Johnston on November 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Pam: I’m really looking forward to this book, both for myself and as a gift for my wife. She was a history major and shares my love of history and biography books. I love the title, but understand it may change. Have a fun, challenging and wild ride!

  2. Nancy Saunders on November 15, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations, Pamela!

  3. Stacy Allen on November 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    This makes me happy in so many ways! Huge Huge congrats. I am so looking forward to this book!! You are going to kick ass with these stories.

  4. Rebecca Logan on November 16, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Pam, what an exciting topic to write about! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Sarah Towle on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Congratulations! And SO timely!

  6. Davide on November 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I volunteer Lakshmibai, Maharani of Jhansi, as a subject for your inquire, if you are still evaluating possible arguments. Her story is pretty unique for several reasons and I think you find her quite interesting.

    • pamela on November 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Davide: Lakshmibai is an old friend of mine–and she’s already slated for chapter one! Glad to hear more suggestions. 🙂

      • Davide on November 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm


        What about Christine de Pizan, writer lived between the XIV and the XV century?

        • pamela on November 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

          She’s fascinating, but I don’t think she actually fought. Maybe a blog post?

          • Davide on November 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm

            She fought for 14 years the king of France to get the money owned to her late husband as salaries never paid.
            If you have ever tried to get money from the goverment, you’ll understand that Christine was definitly a warrior… of the pen variety, not the sword granted.

          • pamela on November 17, 2016 at 11:56 pm

            Definitely a warrior. And definitely worth writing about.

  7. pamela on November 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for the good words, y’all. I am thrilled. (Did I say that already?)

  8. Bart on November 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    This is wonderful news. Congrats!

  9. JH on November 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulazione Cugina!

  10. Tee Iseminger on November 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for it.

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