Random Monthly Book News: March Edition

8 Mar

Salon writer Laura Miller delves into “Literature’s Gender Gap” and uncovers (not for the first or even third time) a persistent good old boy bias in the literary world. Although information on the source of the gap is hard to come by, it is clear that it exists. Fewer women authors are published, reviewed, and read than their male counterparts. GoodReads blogger Patrick responds, with hardcore statistics from the internet savvy readers on Goodreads.

As I think (with heavy sighs) of the difficulty women experience in getting published, in getting reviews, in getting readers, I think of Virginia Woolf’s lament on the subject in A Room of One’s Own — and how her findings, in 1929, might be surprisingly relevant in 2011. A formidable literary woman, Woolf was.

Speaking of formidable literary women, one of my favorite authors (and mentors), Susan Taylor Chehak is now releasing some of her works in digital form. Get them fresh from the oven!

A few more literary women to read (not even the start of a full list):Kate Chopin, Sandra CisnerosEmma DonoghueGeorge Eliot, Sara Gruen, Zora Neale Hurston, Gish Jen, Audre LordeLorrie MooreToni Morrison, Azar Nafisi, Arundhati RoySapphire, Lisa SeeLionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Gertrude SteinDiane J. Wright, Nancy Zafris.

Just in case you thought we were creating our own gender gap right here, I have two visual links, featuring formidable literary men: Thomas Hardy in Colour and Shakespeare “Aged 14”


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