In the Media: 31st August 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.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been on holiday this week and with no wi-fi in the flat we were staying in and a signal on my mobile only if I stood in a particular spot and the wind was blowing in the right direction, I’ve probably missed some gems. Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed something great, otherwise…

Ali Smith has been busy this week, on the publication of her Man Booker longlisted (and how many women can say that) new novel ‘How to be both’, she has a piece in the Independent, the Observer and she’s on the Guardian podcast.

Another powerhouse of literature, Margaret Atwood, discussed her new short story collection Stone Mattress on BBC Front Row and via Waterstones’ Twitter feed (helpfully complied on their website).

My current favourite, Elena Ferrante, was discussed in the New York Times at the beginning of the week – though I take exception to the comment that her books aren’t well written. What nonsense! Not filled with metaphors and similes does not make a book badly written. And I absolutely agree with Emily Gould’s comment on the Neapolitan Novels: It is the truest evocation of a complex and lifelong friendship between women I’ve ever read.

Elsewhere in translated fiction, two female translators – Edith Grossman and Natasha Wimmer – discussed their work translated Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño. 

And two debut novelists, Stephanie Lam whose novel The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House was published this week talked to Waterstones about how it took her fourteen years to get published and Mary Costello, author of the short story collection The China Factory, whose debut novel Academy Street is published in October, has a new short story  ‘Deus Absconditus‘ in the Irish Times as part of their This Means War series.