There's been a lot of talk this year (again this year) about books by women authors not getting equal attention from reviewers. Melanie Page seeks to create a little balance in the literary universe with her new review website Grab the Lapels, featuring books written by women and reviewed by women. HTML Giant interviewed Melanie recently - she talks about her inspiration for the blog, how women and men perhaps read differently, and more. Thanks to Karen Lillis (@bookstorememoir) for sharing on twitter.
"Thinking about girlhood having been a girl (or to be inclusive, even having been a human child) is a little like plunging your hands into a compost bin made of your memories." - Helen McClory, this month's Writer in Residence at online literary journal Necessary Fiction. McClory is featuring an exciting series of stories, novel excerpts, and essays exploring "Girl Lit." Read her introduction and reading list for the month and check out the latest in the series.
Salon.com and writer Roxane Gay hope to help broaden the conversation around feminism and expand opportunities for writers by calling for submissions from feminists of color (including feminists of all genders). Sure to be a thought-provoking, powerful series.
Last but not least, how cool is it that the National Book Awards choices for "5 Under 35" are all women?! None of whom I have yet read, though I enjoyed this lovely video of NoViolet Bulowayo reading an excerpt from her novel We Need New Names. Adding to the ever-growing TBR....
Happy Sunday, and happy reading!