Pistols and Petticoats

Monday, October 4, 6:30pm

Historian Erika Janik  (She will present via Zoom, but we'll meet with her from the library.)

From its very beginning, police work was considered a male domain, far too dangerous and rough for a woman. But a handful of women refused to let that stop them, and in the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century became real-life sleuths. Yet at the same time, within the covers of popular fiction, many women not only wrote best-selling mysteries but also created female characters that handily solved crimes and created the archetype of the modern sleuth. Historian Erika Janik, author of Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction, traces the exploits of real and imaginary female police officers and detectives.

Erika Janik previously co-founded and was the executive producer of  “Wisconsin Life” at Wisconsin Public Radio. She is the author of Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, Apple: A Global History, Madison: A History of a Model City, A Short History of Wisconsin, and Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin’s Past.

Part of our Big Read programming series. Everyone welcome to attend, even if not participating in the Big Read.