100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

EMMA DONOGHUE

Critically acclaimed author and literary historian Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin, where she grew up attending Catholic convent schools, “apart from one eye-opening year in New York at the age of ten.” After graduating with hon-ors in English and French from University College Dublin, she moved to England and earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since age 23, she’s supported herself as a writer, and in 1998 she emigrated to Canada to live and work. Today, she’s a resident of London, Ontario, with her partner Chris Roulston and their two children. Donoghue writes in myriad genres, but she’s best known for her fiction, which has been translated into more than forty languages. She adapted her bestselling novel “Room” into a screenplay for a film of the same name that received numerous awards in 2015, including four Oscar nominations. “Room” is about a five-year-old boy with lives in a single room with his mother and has never been outside. Her latest published book is “Frog Music” (2014), “a literary mystery inspired by a never-solved murder of a crossdressing frog catcher in San Francisco in 1876.” In a recent post on the Oberon Books blog, Mad About the Butch, Donoghue discusses her attraction to masculine-presenting women, and how women from history who rocked menswear have imbued her writing. –SLO