Monday, August 14, 2017

The Year of Publishing Women

It has come to my attention that there is not enough awareness on The Year of Publishing Women.  I did a presentation at When Words Collide last weekend and I realized more needs to be done. So for the next while I will be posting parts of the presentation.  If you want the entire thing just ask and I will send it to you.  Share it within your sphere of influence: your librarians, your publishers, your book shop owners and your readers. We want all areas of the literary community to support female authors in the year 2018.  Publish them, purchase them, review them, recommend them.
The literary establishment doesn’t like books about women. Why not? Women are more than half our culture. If half the adults in our culture have no voice, half the world’s experience is not being attended to, learnt from or built upon. Humanity is only half what we could be.  We don’t question that cultural bias when it comes to judging prizes. I’m not saying people are prejudiced, but we have innate biases. And women can be just as bad, sometimes even worse, than men for this, and it will translate into every aspect of the judgments we make.”

Why does this shocking disparity exist, even though there are many women judges? It’s not anything to with who is judging. It’s about the culture we’re embedded in and that’s embedded in us all of us, women and men.  - Nicola Griffith

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