In the Media: 7th September 2014

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.

One of this week’s highlights made me squeal when I came across it: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has started a blog written by Ifemlu, protagonist of her current multi-award winning novel Americanah. The blog’s called ‘The Small Redemptions of Lagos‘ and is a pre-curser to “Raceteenth or Various Observations about American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negros) by a Non-American Black”, which features in the novel.

Ali Smith and Sarah Waters continue with the promotion of their latest novels how to be both and The Paying Guestsrespectively. Smith is interviewed in The Guardian while Waters is in The Independent.

Also in The Independent, a short piece I missed last Sunday on Angela Thirkell who I’ve never read but now really want to.

I am, however, almost finished reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Believe the hype, it’s good stuff. Before it’s publication on Wednesday, there’s a great piece on the Picador blog about the creation of the book’s cover.

Station Eleven is also highlighted in the first of three lists I want to bring to your attention this week, Sam Baker’s Best Books for Autumn in her Harper’s Bazaar column. The second is Joan Schenkar on Patricia Highsmith’s 10 Best Books in Publisher’s Weekly. And the third is one that was posted last year on the Huffington Post website but only came to my attention this week, Soniah Kamal’s 50 Novels by Women on Conflict, Displacement and Resilience. It is a superb list.

Speaking of superb women, Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton announced this week that she was creating a grant to allow writers time to read.

No one will be reading fellow Booker winner Margaret Atwood’s current work-in-progress for some time though. She announced she’s taking part in The Future Library project which means her contribution won’t be printed until 2014.

I’ll leave you with the best piece I’ve read this week although it’s tinged with great sadness. When Jenny Diski was told she had inoperable cancer, she began a diary which will be published in the London Review of Books. The first instalment is in this week’s edition.