Heroism is defined by more than superheroic strength and a dual identity. Did you know that midwife Robin Lim successfully delivered thousands of babies through her Indonesian birthing clinics? That Stanford University graduate Caroline Paul was among the first dozen women to join the San Francisco Fire Department? That former U.S. congressman Les AuCoin’s stellar record earned him a Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club? That, as former president of the Authors Guild, Roy Blount, Jr., has spent years advocating for authors’ rights and royalties?
Recently, we asked Red Roomers to write about the Red Room authors and members they considered their heroes, and why. We were inspired by all the entries—post either as blog posts or user reviews—and were reminded yet again of the heroic, supportive, brilliant community we're lucky to spend our days with.
Two entries stood out this week:
- In her user review of Matt Beynon Rees's The Collaborator of Bethlehem, author Sharon Geyer, who writes thrillers from an Israeli point of view, describes why she admires Matt for writing from the Palestinian side. Read "Matt Rees is My Hero!"
- Member Madeline Sharples has never read any of a certain Red Room author's novels. Instead, encouragement and pointed critiques as a writing teacher have prompted Madeline to take chances and finish projects. Read "Jessica Barksdale Inclan - My Red Room Hero."
The bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
- Animated by the stories of some of the last century's most charismatic and conniving artists, writers, and businessmen, Gerard Jones's Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book brilliantly demonstrates how the creators of the superheroes gained their cultural power and established a crucial place in the modern imagination.
- Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, Gina Misiroglu's The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes is "the ultimate A-to-Z compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil."
You can read the other blog post entries here, and the two other user reviews here and here. I hope you'll read them all, find your favorites, and think about what makes a hero. All of Red Room's past blog topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging and posting user reviews!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room