The New Old MaidMaureen ParaventiMaureen Paraventi tells the stories of single women with unflinching honesty and wry self-awareness in The New Old Maid. These stories strike a chord with any woman striving for independence. The women in the book share the paths they took to overcome barriers and frustrations along with the exhilaration that comes with independence. In addition to sharing the stories of real-life women, The New Old Maid takes a look at how depictions of fictional old maids in books, movies, stage plays and TV shows have evolved over time – and explains why such portrayals matter. Once, there was a canal.Liza HyattOnce, there was a canal tells the story of Irish immigrants who built the Wabash and Erie Canal through narrative poetry in the voices of poet Liza Hyatt’s great-great grandparents Daniel and Kate Heffernan, canal builders and pioneers who worked their way from Fort Wayne to southern Indiana, where they purchased farmland and raised a family of 12 children. To imagine her ancestors’ lives, with funding from the Indiana Arts Commission, Hyatt traveled the path of the Wabash and Erie Canal, researching and consulting with historians of Indiana’s canal history.