Well, the hits just keep on coming, don’t they? First PW, now the NBA – this year its winners’ list was as male as the other NBA, the one with tall guys and hoops. What can be done? One group of women fiction writers that meets regularly talked about setting up a prize for fiction by women, similar to the Orange Prize, but even leaving aside the argument that it would ghettoize books by women even further, to do it properly would take a couple of million dollars.
But there’s… Continue
Added by Katha Pollitt on November 20, 2009 at 5:18am —
I’m devoting my blog today to the She Writes Day of Action, which, as many of you already know, is aimed at amassing a list of all the superlative books written by women authors this year. I found it surprisingly easy to come up with some great books written by women in 2009. (Surprising only because most of my favorite books were written before 1940.) Continue
The Day of Action came about when Kamy Wicoff, the fearless founder of the women writers' website She Writes, protested…
Added by Sarah Glazer on November 16, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I've only had the time to read about the recent controversy about, well apparently, that there are no strong women writers that receive recognition from, um...hold on, I'll try to remember the name of that publication...but NVM, you get the point I'm sure.
Statistical information states that women are the largest group of readers, so, women should boycott and not buy books written by men for say six months or longer. Perhaps not purchasing books written by men could have a profound… Continue
Added by Allene E. Swienckowski on November 16, 2009 at 10:46am —
In light of the recent discussions/comments/posts about the PW list and considering the state of publishing in general,this is a must-read by the wise and witty author Gina Barreca:
I'd love to hear comments/thoughts.
Added by BookPRGirl on November 16, 2009 at 9:30am —
BEST PLAYS OF 2009
Guerrilla Girls On Tour breaks from our policy to not comment on living artists in light of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2009 Top Ten List that contained ZERO books by women and an almost total absence of books by people of color. HERE, for the first time, is GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR's BEST PLAYS OF 2009. Drum roll please....
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Blasted by Sarah Kane
God of Carnage by Yasmina… Continue
Added by GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR! on November 16, 2009 at 8:51am —
At age 74, I've read alot of books. Actually, I taught myself to read at age 4. (I was sitting on the back-steps with an illustrated book in my hand about a toothbrush that could talk. I wanted desperately to know what that toothbrush with legs had to say and so I just figured out the simple text for myself and I was on my way as a reader.)
Over the years I've read thousands of books ( I really read all those books; having taught Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics in my younger days, it… Continue
Added by Carey Cansler Roberts on November 16, 2009 at 8:08am —
This cartoon opened the New Yorker in the same week of our PW action! In case you missed it, it's the Nov. 16 issue. Is the universe listening to us?
Another interesting coincidence: Ariel Levy's poignant article, "The feminist revolution in retrospect" in the same issue. Levy reviews a book some or many or us might have bought on Friday: Lindsy van Gelder's "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the… Continue
Added by Renate Stendhal on November 15, 2009 at 7:42pm —
When I read about She Writes call to action in response to Publishers Weekly's omission of any
women writers from their 2009 top 10 list, I was moved write about it, but chose a different forum. I felt that posting here on SheWrites.com was a little like preaching to the choir, so I chose to make my voice heard where I thought it could do the most good — on the Chicago Moms Blog
, part of a… Continue
Added by Susan Bearman on November 15, 2009 at 4:06pm —
Riveting stuff, Herta Muller's "The Passport" is a soaring kind of prose. I'm grateful to be reading something this painfully brilliant... Lines like "Windisch feels the obstinate member below his navel. The wind knocks on the wood. It's sewing. The wind is sewing a sack in the earth. Windisch hears his wife's voice. S...he says: "Monster." Every night when Windisch turns his breath towards her in bed, she says:"Monster." For two years she has had no uterus in her stomach. "The doctor told me… Continue
Added by Leora Skolkin Smith on November 15, 2009 at 3:56pm —
(Day of Action + 2: I added two more, for a true baker's dozen. SS)
These are among the books published this year that I plan to read or have read already. True gems, all, and you'll see I'm in good company in thinking so — several lauded by Publisher's Weekly itself, oddly enough. Links to purchase handily included. In no particular order:…
Added by Sarah Saffian on November 15, 2009 at 7:57am —
So, Publisher's Weekly came out with their annual Top 100 list this past week. Considered the most respected weekly book journal in the industry, writers and buyers look to PW to make or break careers, determine buying trends, and as is the case here, make recommendations to the media and general buying public. The timing of the list certainly isn't accidental, being that they put it out right before Thanksgiving, a.k.a. the beginning of holiday shopping season.
So...why am I writing… Continue
Added by Rachel Thompson on November 14, 2009 at 8:40pm —
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
The following is my response to Alicia Suskin Ostriker's article
regarding Publishers Weekly list.
My surprise comes when I talk to women who when asked who they read and who their favorite authors are, their lists are dominated… Continue
Added by LaTonya on November 14, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Publisher Weekly’s inability to recognize the work of a single woman to put in their top ten books takes me back to the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. With several others, I organized, Woman’s Words, the first women’s writing conference, since a conference by the same name in 1893 at the Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. We had to have a women’s writing conference because women and women’s writing were not recognized….
The week-long gathering centered… Continue
Added by Deena Metzger on November 14, 2009 at 6:26pm —
And now Amazon has posted its "Top 10 Editors' Pick," only two of which are authored by women. Little better than PW. You can see the list here
Added by Kim Steutermann Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 11:30am —
Since we live in a world that is still very patriarchal, at all levels and in evident and hidden ways, it's not surprising that women's books are not as well received as they should be. Part of the problem is institutional: men are more likely to land in the powerful positions that determine taste and popularity. They are more likely to edit the popular and classroom anthologies, to sit on committees that give prizes, to run publishing houses, to run state and federal agencies and foundations,… Continue
Added by Emily Rolfe Grosholz on November 14, 2009 at 11:29am —
Today I purchased six books from the scroll across SheWrites site. I am truly proud to be a member here, and feel overwhelmed to be in such talented company. My book has been doing fairly well, but has truly met its media challenges because of the controversy surrounding it. It's been a struggle even with a high-profile name attached to it. I worked damn hard on it for an outrageous amount of years and one of my proudest moments was to see it in the scroll here.
What else did I do… Continue
Added by Marti Rulli on November 14, 2009 at 12:35am —
Yes, I'm tired of lists like this one, lists in which all or almost all of the titles are by male authors. I think Lizzie Skurnick
has the right take on this problem. It's not that the judges are biased in favor of men, exactly. They're biased in favor of the kind of novels men write. Skurnick believes that "ambitious" novels, even if flawed, are preferred over "domestic" novels,… Continue
Added by Katherine Sturtevant on November 13, 2009 at 11:45pm —
I supported women authors AND my local woman-run bookstore.
Take a look: http://deepmuckbigrake.com/2009/11/13/every-day-she-writes-the-book/
Added by Becky Gjendem on November 13, 2009 at 11:32pm —
PW Action: Gertrude's top ten comments on Publishers Weekly's all-male list of best books
"Their origin and their history patriarchal poetry their origin and their history patriarchal poetry their origin and their history. ...
Patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same.
Patriarchal poetry is the… Continue
Added by Renate Stendhal on November 13, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Last week, I attended Margaret Atwood's last United States event for Year of the Flood. The dramatic reading (equipped with a choir singing hymns Atwood wrote for the book) took place at Chicago's Merle Reskin theater, and was so packed that I waited in line for an hour and a half to get Atwood--one of my favorite writers since college--to sign a book. Atwood, as most avid readers know, is not only the recipient of a Booker Prize and numerous other prestigious awards, but is more than a dabbler… Continue
Added by Gina Frangello on November 13, 2009 at 10:50pm —