Tag Archives: literature

Coverflip challenge reimagines famous dude book covers as by and for women

TweetYesterday author Maureen Johnson, fed up with sexist responses to the perceived gender appeal of her books covers, issued a challenge to her followers. She writes: You are informed about a book’s perceived quality through a number of ways. Probably the biggest is the cover…. And the simple fact of the matter is, if you [...]
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Quote of the Day: “People only say I’m angry because I’m black and I’m a woman.”

TweetNovelist Jamaica Kincaid offers some #realtalk in response to a question about the role of anger and humor in her writing in a recent interview at The American Reader. People only say I’m angry because I’m black and I’m a woman. But all sorts of people write with strong feeling, the way I do. But [...]
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Happy 200th anniversary, Pride and Prejudice

TweetJane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice was first published on January 28th, 1812, 200 years ago today. While Austen’s work isn’t exactly an experiment in radical intersectional rebellion, she was a proto-feminist thinker who created independently-minded female characters, identified obstacles that kept other women from writing, and paved the way for female writers after [...]
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Louise Erdrich becomes first American Indian woman to win National Book Award

TweetErdrich’s book, The Round House, is about violence against American Indian women, and about one young man who confronts that violence when it finds its way into his home. According to CBS News, A clearly delighted and surprised Erdrich, who’s part Ojibwe, spoke in her tribal tongue and then switched to English as she dedicated [...]
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Publishing’s perpetual problem with women among many other things.

TweetIn the wake of the Jonah Lehrer controversy, Roxanne Gay wonders if  the publishing industry coddles young male writers and unpacks the fascination with our boy genius narrative: Lehrer’s success and this current humiliation, how far he had to fall, is a symptom of a much bigger problem, one that is systemic, one that continues to consistently [...]
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