In the media is a weekly round-up of features written by, about or containing female writers that have appeared during the previous week and I think are insightful, interesting and/or thought-provoking. Linking to them is not necessarily a sign that I agree with everything that’s said but it’s definitely an indication that they’ve made me think. Also, just a note to make it clear that I’m using the term ‘media’ to include social media, so links to blog posts as well as traditional media are likely.
I’m all about the list this week as I’ve read three excellent ones:
- David Hebblethwaite (who blogs at Follow the Thread) is the current guest editor for Fiction Uncovered. In his latest blog, he’s written about his favourite British short story writers.
- Cosmopolitan have Lindsay King-Miller’s list of 10 Books by Queer Women that Will Change How You See the World.
- Buzzfeed give you 21 of the Best British Sci-Fi Writers You Should Definitely Be Reading. Of the 21, there are 11 women. And there people who say women don’t write Sci-Fi…
Elsewhere, the Guardian’s been busy with some great pieces/podcasts:
- They’ve published the full text of Barbara Kingsolver’s introduction to Canongate’s reissue of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. It’s an excellent essay not only on the book’s place in history but also as to what we can still learn from it.
- Samantha Ellis, author of How to be a Heroine, wrote about why Katniss Everdene is a great female role model.
- Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young are on the Edinburgh Books’ Podcast talking about their latest novels, set in the aftermath of WWI.
- And so is Eimear McBride discussing the new wave of modernism.
While the best piece I’ve read about books this week comes from the Observer – Rachel Cooke on the rise of bibliomemoirs, focusing particularly on Phyllis Rose who wrote The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading after choosing a shelf in The New York Society Library and reading everything on it.
Have you read/listened to anything interesting that’s not on my list? Let me know in the comments.