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O Last Monday, Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Goldfinch. It was no surprise, really, since the much - anticipated novel made New York TIMEs Best - seller list during its first week on shelves. The book was so popular that people flocked to Frick Collection in record numbers to see titular painting that features heavily in the Dickensian plot. Tartt takes notoriously long time to write her novels: Goldfinch took 11 years, and she says that we may have to wait just as long for her next book. So now that youve finished Goldfinch and her other two books, Secret History and Little Friend, what to read next to tide you over? At the beginning of 2014, writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh began the Twitter hashtag readwomen2014 in an effort to encourage readers to pick up more books by women this year. That task is only getting easier: 2014 will feature dozens of terrific books by women. But here are some current female authors who You May Miss and want to add to your reading list. Beyonce loves her and so should you. Adichie, who is from Nigeria, is credited with heralding a new generation of African authors with her bestselling Half Of Yellow Sun. Her latest novel, Americanah, was named one of 10 Best books of 2013 by New York TIMEs. Oh, and she is also a MacArthur genius grant recipient. Catton was only 22 years old when she wrote her first novel, Rehearsal. And her second and most recent novel, Luminaries, was winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the youngest ever recipient. The adventure - mystery novel is set in New Zealand, where the author is currently reside. Danticat published her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, when she was only 25 and was heralded as young author to watch. She does not disappoint. Breath, Eyes, Memory became an Oprah Book Club selection in 1998. The Haitian - born novelist continues to tell stories of her home countrys history through documentary film, fiction and nonfiction, including her 2004 novel, Dew Breaker, which was well received by critics. Though Irish - born Donoghue has written many novels, none has had quite impact as her international bestseller Room, story narrated by a five - year - old who has been imprisoned in a single room with his mother for his entire life. Donoghues newest novel, murder mystery called Frog Music, set in San Francisco in 1876, hits shelves on April 1st Erdrich, who has written 13 novels, taps into her Native - American heritage to dig deep into questions about identity and race in her stories. Unsolved, race - fuelled murder is at the center of her most recent work, Plague Of Doves, finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Gilbert has a reputation as patron saint of any woman undergoing well - fund mid - Life crisis thanks to her bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

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Adrienne Rich

During her life, poet and essayist Adrienne Rich was one of America's foremost public intellectuals. Widely read and hugely influential, Richs career spans seven decades and has hew closely to the story of Post - War American Poetry itself. Her earliest work, including Change Of World, which won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Award, was formally exact and decorous, while her work of late 1960s and 70s became increasingly radical in both its free - verse form and feminist and political content. Rich's metamorphosis was summed up by Carol Muske - Dukes in New York Times Book Review; Muske writes that Rich begins as a polite copyist of Yeats and Auden, wife and mother. She has progressed in life from young widow and disenchanted formalist, to spiritual and rhetorical convalescent, to feminist leader. And doyenne of newly - defined female literature. Her poetry of the 1970s and 1980s served as central texts for the second - wave feminist movement. When she died in 2012, she was one of the most respected American poets. Beginning with Snapshots Of Daughter - in - Law: Poems 1954 - 1962, Richs work has explored issues of identity, sexuality, and politics; Her formally ambitious poetics reflect her continued search for social justice, her role in the anti - War movement, and her radical feminism. Using cadences of everyday speech, enjambment, and irregular line and stanza lengths, Richs open forms have sought to include ostensibly non - poetic language in poetry. Best known for her politically - engage verse from the tumultuous Vietnam War period, Richs collection Diving Into Wreck: Poems 1971 - 1972 won National Book Award. Rich accepted it with fellow - nominees Audre Lorde and Alice Walker on behalf Of All Women. Richs numerous essay collections, including Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, also secure her place as one of America's preeminent feminist thinkers. In addition to the National Book Award, Rich received many awards and commendations for her work, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, Bollingen Prize, Academy Of American Poets Fellowship, and MacArthur Genius Award. She made headlines in 1997 when she was refused the National Medal Of Arts for political reasons. I could not accept such an award from President Clinton or this White House, she wrote in a letter published in New York Times, because the very meaning of art as I understand it, is incompatible with the cynical politics of this Administration. Adrienne Rich was born in 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was a renowned pathologist and professor at Johns Hopkins. Her mother was a former concert pianist. A rich upbringing was dominated by intellectual ambitions. Her father had for her, and Rich excelled at academic earning her degree from Radcliffe University. In 1953, she married Alfred Conrad, economics professor at Harvard. She had three children with him, but their relationship began to fray in the 1960s. As Rich became politically awareshe later said that Experience Of Motherhood was eventually to radicalize me. Rich work of the 1960s and 70s began to show signs of that radicalization.

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Alison Bechdel

New BRUNSWICK, NJ There is a fine line between graphic novel and graphic memoir. In her Story About Life board game, feature in Self - confess! Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel, on view at Zimmerli Art Museum in NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW Jersey, Bechdel writes that truth, compared to fiction, can be dull. In order to make it as interesting as fiction, truth needs to be compress. 58 - year - old Bechdel has achieved great success compressing her life story. Macarthur Geniuss ' best - selling 2006 graphic memoir, Fun Home: Family Tragicomic title after the Bechdel family nickname for their funeral business, explores the author's relationship with her closeted gay father, his unexpected death, and her own coming out. The memoir has been translated into 25 languages and was adapted into a Broadway play that, in 2015, earned five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. But Bechdel wasnt always marquee name, as Self - confess! Remind us: decades before achieving commercial success with Fun Home, she was rejected from Art graduate schools. This career retrospective takes us through her life, chronicling how she went from her dysfunctional family funeral home to studying studio Art at Oberlin College to being appointed Vermont's third Cartoonist Laureate in 2017. For hardcore Bechdel fans and newcomers alike, exhibit offers fresh insights into her creative process, her cultural influence, and her understanding of queerness and feminism. The secret subversive goal of my work is to show that women, not just lesbians, are regular human beings, Bechdel once said in an interview. Even those who haven't read Bechdel's work might know of her from the Bechdel Test, derived from one of her comic strips and used to evaluate the representation of women in fiction and film:. To pass the test, book or movie has to have at least two women characters who converse about something other than man. It was at Oberlin where Bechdel came out as a lesbian; in Fun Home play, after falling in love with a girl in her dorm, her character sings, I changed my major to Joan. Self confess!, Which includes mockup of set and clips from Broadway performances, showcases Bechdels Inappropriately Intimate sapphic humor. Her comics career kicked off with her Dykes To Watch Out For strip, About the lives of a group of Lesbian friends, which was first published in WomaNews, feminist newspaper. Strip ran from 1983 to 2008 and was syndicated in more than 50 alternative papers around the country; it has also been collected into books. In 1986, Bechdel created Amazons Bedside Companion: Sapphisticated Alphabet, what she called a catalog of lesbians that took the form of a children's Alphabet book. It is reminiscent, in its macabre humor, of Edward Gorey Gashlycrumb Tinies. It is for Alice, who likes to cook soup, book reads.

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Clarice Lispector

One of the nation's most celebrated authors, Hilda Hilst, is also one of the most controversial, with works on themes like eroticiscm and sexual liberation. She published her first book, Pressagio, at the age of 20 to great acclaim and went on to successfully publish for 50 years. She began to retreat to her home Casa do Sol in Campinas, turning it into an artistic haven where she produced some of her most original works, including With My Dog - Eyes. Originally published in 1986, book recounts the final days of Amos Keres, professor of mathematics who began a descent into madness, and it became her first full - length book to be translated to English. Following her death in 2004, Hilst friend Mora Fuentes created Hilda Hilst Institute to uphold Casa do Sol as a space for artistic creation, also functioning as a library and cultural center.

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Donna Tartt

It was interesting to see novelist Kamila Shamsies ' provocation in the Guardian last week for publishers to only publish books by women in the year 2018 - a provocation which has already been taken up by at least one publisher. Shamsie wrote that: its topic that has had some press of late. Author Nicola Griffith made headlines in late May when she revealed that when women win literary awards for fiction, it is usually for writing from a male perspective and / or about men. Griffiths findings, which are based on the last 15 years of Pulitzer Prize, Man Booker Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Hugo Award, and Newbery Medal, are congruent with my own research into which kinds of books tend to win literary prizes. It is, sadly, unsurprising that male writers win more prestigious literary awards than female writers, but what is interesting is that when women do win these awards, it is typically because they write about male characters, or masculine topics. Focusing on recent examples, we can see this pattern quite clearly. Donna Tartts Goldfinch follows a young boy and most reviews of the book describe Tartts style as Dickensian; Jennifer Egans ' Visit from Goon Squad features both male and female protagonists, as do Elizabeth Strouts ' Olive Kitteridge and Jhumpa Lahiris, Interpreter of Maladies. Geraldine Brooks and Marilynne Robinson have won prizes for March and Gilead respectively, both of which focus on novels with male characters. Australian women who have won Miles Franklin for the last 20 years focus almost exclusively on capital - H History; Anna Funders ' All that I Am; Alexis Wrights Carpentaria, Shirley Hazzards Great Fire and Helen Demidenkos ' infamous Hand that sign Paper. Other female winners have had stories set in the rugged landscape of the Australian bush: Evie Wylds All Birds, Singing and Thea Astleys Drylands; setting which has almost become synonymous with Australian Literature, and is notorious for omitting experiences of women. Hilary Mantel has won Bookers twice for her novels which focus on Thomas Cromwell, and Eleanor Cattons Award winning Luminaries also centres its story on men. It seems that, as culture, we are still predominantly concerned with the lives of men or with themes that we view as masculine or wordly. We still relegate women's work to domestic, interior, personal. Author Pankaj Mishra argued in New York Times in May that: but in looking at data of history of these awards, I notice a sharp spike in women winning these awards between 1970 and 1980, inclusive.

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Elizabeth Kolbert

If youre looking for an inspiring female author from whose work you might glean a few writerly pointers, you do need to search far. Whether youre hardcore fiction buff or always hungry for fresh memoir, world of words is suffering no shortage of brilliant women. Recent fiction luminaires include Hanya Yanagiharaa, longtime writer by trade but relative newcomer to the realm of novels. Her latest was on the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and was a 2015 National Book Award finalist. Then there is Karen Russell, MacArthur Genius Grant winner whose debut novel was a 2012 Pulitzer finalist. And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, another Genius Grant winner whose novels have garnered a string of awards, and whose speech We should all be feminists was sampled by Beyonce. The nonfiction side of writing also boasts an abundance of female heroes, like Emily Nussbaum, who won the 2016 Pulitzer for her prolific and thoughtful TV criticism, and her fellow New Yorker writer, Elizabeth Kolbert. A Journalist, author, and adventurer with more than three decades of writing experience, Kolbert is perhaps best known for her Book Sixth Extinction, which won the 2015 Pulitzer for nonfiction. Kolbert's writing is sharp, scientifically complex, politically fraught, and at times darkly funny. In short, she is exactly the type of author worth studying for hints about craft. Here are a few weve picked up: Elizabeth Kolberts writing refuses to stay chained to a desk. Not content to muse from home about melting ice sheets, for instance, she journeys with scientists to distant reaches of Greenland. Indeed, Kolberts travels transport readers to far - flung places like the Great Barrier Reef, Amazon rainforest, and utterly wild preserves in the Netherlands. Along the way, she propels us forward using scenes with working experts, providing not just their scientific perspectives but also a glimpse into their, er, natural habitats. It is the kind of writing that shows not everything has been done or written before that truth can be stranger than fiction. Make a habit of venturing outside your head and out into the world, and your writing will be indelible. Youve probably run across that writerly dictum show, dont tell before, but sometimes situations call for both. When Kolbert sets out to explain ocean acidification, she pulls on a wetsuit and takes us scuba diving. Any time she wants to describe complex scientific finding based on esoteric lab technique, she goes to the lab and has an expert walk us through the process. This approach lets Kolbert grapple with wonky concepts while still relating to concrete story. When you opt to show and tell, you deliver a bevy of facts in a story that is more memorable than any sterile treatise. It is good to devise plans, but it is also good to shred them if theyre not working or if other opportunities arise.

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George Eliot

Victorian - era writer Mary Ann Evans is often heralded as the literary force behind one of Britain's greatest ever novels, Middlemarch. But for much of her life, and even today, she is better known by her male pseudonym, George Eliot, which she adopted to conceal her gender at a time when women were excluded from intellectual circles. Evans ' famous novel is one of 25 books, originally published under male aliases, that will be republish under female authors ' real names. These include pseudonymous authors George Sand and George Egerton, among others. The project, called Reclaim Her Name, was announced on Wednesday by Women's Prize for Fiction in celebration of the award's 25 anniversary. Throughout history, many female writers have used male pen names for their work to be published or taken seriously, read statement on the award program's official website, adding that initiatives aim to honor their achievements and give them credit they deserve. 25 novels are being offered as e - books, which are free to download via the prize's sponsor, Baileys. Physical box sets of republished titles will also be donated to libraries across the UK.

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