Feminist Sunday is a weekly roundup of all the articles/threads/news/discoveries that include or are about women which have caught my attention and/or interest.
I’m so sorry for the late post! I’ve just moved to New Zealand so my body clock is all messed up. I’m hoping to get my posts back on track this week, though they will now be half a day earlier because of the time difference. I managed to read a fair bit this week. I finished Small Island by Andrea Levy and White Houses by Amy Bloom. I’m currently in the middle of Elmet by Fiona Mozley, which I hope to finish soon. I have a feeling my reading may slow down a bit in the next couple of weeks as I search for a job and a place to stay. However, I have lots of posts ready to go and more reviews to catch up on!
Here are some of the feminist/bookish finds I saw on the web this week:
- Last Sunday saw the birthdays of two outstanding black female writers: Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde!
- To commemorate Audre Lorde’s birthday, Bitch Media published an interview with Julie R. Enzer and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, who have edited and published a new book about the intimate friendship between these two literary pioneers, Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974 – 1989.
- Another brilliant female writer – Amy Tan – also celebrated her birthday on Monday. Here is a recent(ish) interview with her from The Guardian.
- The Jhalak Book Prize for Writers of Colour announced its shortlist on Tuesday. I’m so happy to see Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race on there. There is such a diverse range of books selected for the shortlist from fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s fiction. I’m hoping to read a one or two of these before the winner is announced on 15th March.
- Frieze posted a really interesting article on a writer, translator and powerful women’s liberation activist I knew little about, Anya Berger, and it seems the world has forgotten too: Life in the Margins.
- Another short story published on the brilliant Pendora Magazine website. This time a story about literature degrees and Virginia Woolf’s handbags. Read ‘Protheroe’ here.
- An insightful article on Why the Feminist Movement Must Be Trans-Inclusive on Everday Feminism.
- South African-born Australian author, Ceridwen Dovey, reflects on white privilege, shame and the complexities of art with The Guardian. Ceridwen Dovey: ‘When you take up your pen, you’re taking up a position of power’.
- Morgan Jerkins’ debut, This Will Be My Undoing, has been on my radar for a while now. Over at Electric Lit they have published an interview with this stunning woman on how women of colour are expected to excel but still can’t get ahead.