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I've been quiet here because I've been 1) busy and 2) trying to figure out what to do with this journal. The upshot is that I really do love books and talking about books, so I'm going to keep that up when I can. Hopefully more frequently than I have been doing recently. :)

I am also taking up the 2012 Australian Women Writers challenge. Many people will be aware of recent publicity surrounding the imbalance between male and female reviewers and authors of books reviewed in major publications worldwide (if that's passed you by until now, start here). In Australia, a movement has gradually been building to combat the difficulties faced by women writers in many aspects of the literary world. The Stella Prize is one such initiative to have broken ground recently (see my own post on the subject here); the Australian Women Writers challenge is another.

The challenge "hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing."

I'm going for the Franklin-fantastic level (read 10 and review at least 4 books, including at least one substantial review).

One of the great pleasures of moving to Australia, for me, has been discovering the depth and beauty of its literature. I'm looking forward to building on that over the next few months, with a particular focus on women writers. I have a fair few books in mind at the moment, and I may as well list them here, for my own convenience. I'll be focusing on new books, but may also use the challenge as an opportunity to catch up on a couple of classics.


Swallow the Air - Tara June Winch
The Brotherhood - YA Erskine
Gone - Jennifer Mills
Steam Pigs - Melissa Lucashenko
The Old School - PM Newton (a reread, but I didn't review it first time around, and I've been wanting to reread it ever since)
Sea Hearts - Margo Lanagan
When We Have Wings - Claire Corbett
I'll Tell You Mine - Pip Harry
Let the Dead Lie - Malla Nunn
Animal People - Charlotte Wood
Equilibrium - Meredith Shayne
Burn Bright - Marianne de Pierres
ETA: Additions inspired by lovely twitter people:
Dog Boy - Eva Hornung
A Common Loss - Kirsten Tranter
Five Bells - Gail Jones
The Butterfly Man - Heather Rose
Too Close to Home - Georgia Blain
Blackwater - Georgia Blain
Fish-Hair Woman - Merlinda Bobis


Those are off the top of my head, so I'll keep adding others to this list as they occur. I'd be happy to hear suggestions from others, as well!

If you are interested in the challenge as a whole, more information is here.

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Date: 2012-02-11 05:58 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Great list, Liz! I want to read Sea Hearts too and thanks again for telling me about the challenge :)

Mands xox

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