Once a week Inspirer will feature a selection of drawings by our staff photographer, Annie Govekar. The drawings are part of the “Nevertheless” portrait project which feature inspiring women and their quotes. This week the portraits will feature writers in honor of World Book Day recently taking place.
Quote taken from Jenny Lawson’s book, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, (2015).
Jenny Lawson (also known as The Bloggess) is a writer and is well known for her wit and candid writing style. She has authored three books including: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, and You Are Here. All three of her books have spent time on the NYT bestseller list. Her honesty about her struggle with mental illness has provided inspiration and strength; as well as created a supportive community amongst her followers. For dark humor, honest writing, and weird things check out Jenny Lawson’s blog at http://thebloggess.com.
Quote taken from Alice Walker’s novel, By The Light Of My Father’s Smile, (1998).
Alice Walker may best be known for her novel The Color Purple (in which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction). In addition to being a writer, Walker has been a social worker, teacher and civil rights activist. She met Martin Luther King Jr. while in college and took part in the 1963 March on Washington. On the eve of the Iraq war in 2003, Walker was arrested for crossing a police line during an anti-war rally. Walker has won the National Book Award for Fiction, The LennonOno Grant for Peace, Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
Quote taken from Joan Didion’s essay in Vogue: “Self-Respect: Its Source, Its Power” (1961).
Joan Didion is a novelist and journalist. Didion started at Vogue as a research assistant and worked her way up to associate feature editor after winning an essay contest sponsored by the magazine. Didion has over 20 published works including fiction, nonfiction, screenplays and a play. One of her most recognized works is The Year of Magical Thinking which documents her grief after her husband’s death and during her daughter’s illness. Didion was awarded the National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Year of Magical Thinking and was also a recipient of the National Medals of Arts and Humanities. In Didion’s 2011 memoir Blue Nights she discusses parenthood, aging, and the death of her daughter, Quintana. Didion holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Harvard University and Yale University.
More about the Nevertheless Project:
The “Nevertheless” project is an art project that features a quote and portrait of an inspiring woman every day. The goal of the project is to run for 365 days while inspiring, motivating and educating. The idea for this project came along while I was commiserating over the current state of the world with my friend. I asked “What can I even do?” My friend simply responded with “Your art.” This resonated with me and the project was started shortly after. My hope is to lift people up by shinning the light on badass women. Some you may know, some you may not. We would love to hear who inspires you and who you think should be featured.