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 on holiday at the moment. My intention was to update this by phone in case there was a corker in the Sunday papers. However, that might not happened, in which case, I’ll save it for next week! Regardless, it’s been a bumper week this week.
Women in Translation Month is coming to an end. You can see all the reviews posted so far on Biblibio’s site. There’s also been two good pieces from/about writers in translation this week:
- On American Vogue’s website, the reclusive Italian author, Elena Ferrante discussed the origins of her fantastic Neapolitan novels.
- On Huffington Post, Swedish crime writer Åsa Larsson wrote a great piece ‘On Dead Women in Crime Fiction‘.
Two online book magazines had new editions out this week with pieces that are definitely worth reading (as are the whole magazines):
- Shiny New Books had this great interview with Maggie Gee ‘on bringing Virginia Woolf to 21st-century Manhattan‘ for her latest novel.
And the new issue of Bookanista is full of goodies:
- Sandra Newman on how her latest novel The Country of Ice Cream Star came about and Megan Abbott on hers The Fever.
- Monique Roffey’s tips for writers.
- ‘No Subject‘ a short story from new writer, Brittney Inman Canty.
- An extract from Emily Gould’s essay collection, ‘And the Heart says Whatever’.
- And the wonderful Sarah Perry on becoming a writer.
I wouldn’t usually link to reviews in this piece but there have been two fantastic ones this week:
- Eric aka lonesomereader interviews himself on the new Ali Smith how to be both.
- Andrew O’Hagan’s re-reading of Edna O’Brien’s soon to be re-issued Night left me desperate to read it.
Also in the Guardian:
- A great piece as part of the Inner Voices series on the sounds in writer’s minds with particular focus on Virginia Woolf and Hilary Mantel.
- Esther Freud on how the ghosts in her house inspired her new novel Mac and Me about Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- I’m late to this but Bethan Roberts’ Top 10 novels about childbirth is also worth a read.
Finally, you were probably under a rock if you missed it, but Kate Atkinson’s publishers Transworld announced that her next novel would be a companion piece to the best selling Life After Life, focusing on the younger brother, Teddy.
And the funniest thing I’ve read this week was Celeste Ballard in the New Yorker on ‘How to Pick a Good Summer Read‘. It certainly helped with my packing!