Dive into the #readwomen2014 movement
Let this yearlong celebration of women’s writing inspire your next great read
Tue Jul 1 2014
In late 2013, writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh created a series of New Year’s bookmarks featuring women writers like Djuna Barnes, Anne Carson and Gertrude Stein. From her artwork rose the #readwomen2014 movement and a global discussion of why readers should consciously choose books by women. Though not a new topic—each year, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts publishes statistics that illustrate publishing’s gender disparity—#readwomen2014 is a simple prescription for transforming this environment of inequality. Want to join in? For your next read, choose a book written by a woman, like Celeste Ng, who launches her debut in New York this week. Here are some varied picks to get you started.
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Haymarket Books, $11.95, available now.
In her stirring essay collection, Rebecca Solnit addresses communication issues between men and women, the mystery of Virginia Woolf, domestic violence and more—all in an immensely readable style that gracefully fluctuates between comic and scathing.
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If the Tabloids Are True, What Are You? by Matthea Harvey
Graywolf, $25.00, Aug 19.
Comprised of prose poems, photographs and haunting silhouettes, Harvey’s latest is an engrossing hybrid that highlights the poet’s quirky sensibilities. She begins with nine poems about mermaids, and from there builds a unique collection populated by martians and Ray Bradbury.
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2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Crown, $25.00, Aug 5.
Meet the delightful Madeleine Altimari, a nine-year-old aspiring jazz singer who plans to make her stage debut at the club The Cat’s Pajamas. She, her teacher and the nightclub’s owner star in Bertino’s novel, and their overlapping story has it all: heart, humor and a guy named Mongoose.
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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Penguin Press, $26.95, available now.
Ng’s tender debut presents a portrait of the Lees, a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and mourning their sixteen-year-old daughter. The novel touches on the myriad paths grief may take, the secrets everyone keeps and how much a tragedy can affect relationships in a family.
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Two exceptional authors discuss Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, a truly engaging portrait of a mixed-race family coping with loss in the 1970s. Come for Ng's brilliant writing, stay for the wine reception.
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