In two days the winner of the 2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced. The prize was founded in 1996 after a group of journalists, reviewers, publishers, librarians, and agents came together to discuss the appalling lack of women authors making it on to the major literary prize lists. Out of this effort, the Women’s Prize was born to bring recognition to the talented women authors who were being overlooked by traditional prizes.
The long list was announced in March and we wrote a post about it that you can read here. In April, the shortlist was announced. The 6 books on the shortlist are: Ruby, A Little Life, The Green Road, The Improbability of Love, The Portable Verblen, and The Glorious Heresies. Book Worm read all 6 nominees and I read half of them. Here are our predictions for the winner.
Many of you know that I’m away at BEA this week. This year the expo is in Chicago so I flew out here on tuesday and since I’m too tired to socialize tonight (gathering books is surprisingly exhausting), I thought I’d write an update. Read more
This morning the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced. The Bailey’s Women’s Prize is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes. It is annually awarded to a female author for the best original novel written in English and published in the U.K. in the preceding year. The award in 1992 began after a group of journalists, reviewers, agents, publishers, and booksellers realized that the 1991 Booker Prize shortlist did not include any female writers despite the availability of talented women writers. By 1992 only 10 percent of novelists shortslisted for the Booker Prize were women despite the ratio of books published by men to women being 60/40. The Bailey’s Women’s prize was a way of bring “outstanding writers to the attention of readers.”
Previous 10 winners:
2015: Ali Smith for How to be Both
2014: Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
2013: A.M. Homes for May we be Forgiven
2012: Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles
2011: Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife
2010: Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna
2009: Marilynne Robinson for Home
2008: Rose Tremain for The Road Home
2007: Chimamanda Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun
2006: Zadie Smith for On Beauty
Find out who made the first cut for this year’s prize. Read more
Last week I received my third Book Riot box. I’ve had mixed opinions about the subscription. You can read my prior two reviews here and here. Check out what came in the December box and whether I have decided to keep up with the subscription or let it go. Read more
Last night they announced the winners of the National Book Awards. Keep reading to find out who took home the prize. Read more
The winner of The Heart Goes Last signed copy goes to… Read more
You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet on our blog lately. That is because I’ve been traveling. Last week I was in Disney World for my daughter’s fifth birthday and for the past two days I’ve been in New York attending the Book Riot Live convention. We will announce winners of our Halloween reading challenge (both the weekly prize and the grand prize) tomorrow. But first, check out what I did yesterday at the convention. Read more
It has been a busy month in the literary world. Last week they announced of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (we are featuring her tomorrow). Yesterday the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize was announced. Then this morning the finalists for the National Book Awards were announced. All these announcements and awards have wreaked havoc on our blog schedule as BW and I have struggled to read the variety of books and we have moved from 3 times a week to almost daily posting. We will go back to our regular post schedule (3-4 times a week) in the next couple of weeks.
The National Book Awards feature 4 primary categories including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Keep reading to see if your favorite books made it onto the list of finalists. Read more
Three months ago I received my very first Book Riot box. I was pretty disappointed and came close to canceling the subscription. You can read that review here. I still haven’t read either of the two books, never used the organizer, and haven’t framed the poster (although I plan to do so soon). Yet, I decided to give them another shot and yesterday I received my second box. Check out what came in the September box and whether I’ve changed my mind about the subscription. Read more
At the end of July, Publisher weekly released a list of most anticipated books that will be released this fall. These were the books that made the fiction category (click on the hyperlink to pre-order them on Amazon): Read more