Launched in 1996, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000.
The judges for 2014 are Helen Fraser, Caitlin Moran, Sophie Raworth, Mary Beard, and Denise Mina.
The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist in full:
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
- Margaret Atwood - MaddAddam
- Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefiel
- Fatima Bhutto - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
- Claire Cameron – The Bear
- Lea Carpenter - Eleven Days
- M.J. Carter - The Strangler Vine
- Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
- Deborah Kay Davies - Reasons She Goes to the Woods
- Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things
- Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
- Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers
- Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
- Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
- Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
- Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English
- Anna Quindlen - Still Life with Bread Crumbs
- Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys
- Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
- Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing
Previous Winners Include:
- May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes (2013)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2012)
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (2011)
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (2010)
- Home by Marilynne Robinson (2009)
- The Road Home by Rose Tremain (2008)
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007)
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith (2006)
- We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2005)
A nice eclectic list—a mix of the usual suspects and some fresh voices.
You should read the book that you hear two booksellers arguing about at the registers while you’re browsing in a bookstore.
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re laughing.
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re crying.
You should read the book that you find left behind in the airplane seat pocket, on a park bench, on the bus, at a restaurant, or in a hotel room.
You should read the book that you see someone reading for hours in a coffee shop — there when you got there and still there when you left — that made you envious because you were working instead of absorbed in a book.
We really love this.(via randomhouse)
Janet Potter, ”28 Books You Should Read If You Want To” (via millionsmillions and randomhouse
So, you loved Divergent and read tons of other post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian YA and now you are looking for something different? How about picking a book based on your favorite faction from the Divergent series?
We’ve selected books we think members of Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Abnegation would like and included a mix of realistic, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy so every reader could discover a new book they’ll enjoy!
If you’re excited about the Divergent movie release, be sure and come to our party on Thursday, March 20th! You’ll be sorted into your faction, play games, make crafts, have a chance to win movie passes, and of course get a Dauntless chocolate cupcake.
I made these for work, but you can see blurbs for each book featured and an explanation for why they fit each faction on my blog.
I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!
—Olivia Wilde crushing it when she talks about women in Hollywood. (via leanin)
This is so telling…
Peru has never competed in the winter Olympics before.
So when Roberto Carcelen — their first ever winter Olympian, now competing in Sochi — broke a rib in training, he wasn’t about to let that little detail stop him from competing in the arduous 15km cross-country ski race.
Carcelen was badly out-gunned in the intense competition.
Knowing he was dead last, he finished the race with his country’s flag over his head, crossing the finish line with pride. But that’s when he saw the gold medallist, Cologna from Switzerland and Nepal’s Dachhiri Sherpa, waiting for him.
To show his appreciation for the competitor, a first-time winter Olympian from his country, for the drive to compete despite injury, Cologna and Sherpa hung around the finish line for an extra 30 minutes after winning gold just to shake Carcelen’s hand. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
These are true Olympic moments. Bravo!
Via strandbooks … Thank you for showing such brilliance by this bookseller. I cannot wait to put up something similar in my own store!!
Props to Blue Willow bookstore in Houston for this display.
Oh my god, you brilliant darling! Second only to “I don’t remember anything about it, but I heard about it on NPR”
This is epic! Love bookseller humor!
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