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Yikes, it has been a long time since I posted here. My supposedly monthly but actually random newsletter has largely replaced this blog. Click here if you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be sending another one out soon. Meanwhile, back to this post.
Last week The Irish Times published my short story “Everywhere She Went.” It’s gotten a lovely response from readers which means so very much. It’s here, if you’d like to read it. If that whets your appetite for the short story, read this stellar one here from Danielle McLaughlin winner of the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and a Queen.
The world. It is, to quote my oldest daughter, “extra” right now. I’m always here if you need me. Let me know how you’re doing.
The 2017 Fiction Shortlist Announced for the
2nd Annual Reading Women Award
The creators of the Reading Women podcast are pleased to announce their 2017 fiction shortlist for the 2nd annual Reading Women Award.
- The Weight of Him (St. Martin’s) by Ethel Rohan
- Stay with Me (Knopf) by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
- Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing) by Min Jin Lee
- The Strays (Twelve Books) by Emily Bitto
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel (Riverhead) by Heather O’Neill
- Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner) by Jesmyn Ward
Established in 2016, the Reading Women Award recognizes outstanding books written by or about women. The prize will be given to one fiction and one nonfiction work that embodies the mission of the Reading Women podcast, which is to bring female voices to a wider audience. The nonfiction shortlist will be announced November 15th, and the winners of both categories will be announced December 6th.
About the Podcast
The phrase “women’s literature” is often associated with fluffy novels about women looking for mates or covers with lipstick and glitter on them. It’s high time that women reclaim the phrase. If you look back over the history of literary awards, very few women, comparatively, have received top awards. Only 14 women have won the Nobel Prize for Literature and 31 have won the Pulitzer.
The goal of the Reading Women podcast is to bring previously anonymous women to the forefront of your TBR stack. Each month Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett pick a theme and then discuss several books in a book club-style podcast. Subscribe today to discover amazing female authors who are giving voice to a part of the world’s population that has been largely overlooked.
You can find all Reading Women episodes in the iTunes Store or wherever you get your podcasts.
Fifty signed hardcovers of my first novel The Weight of Him are up for grabs at Goodreads. This is the final Goodreads Giveaway for this hardcover. Thanks to those of you who enter and the best of luck.
For The Irish Times, I wrote an essay about my visit to The Irish Potato famine exhibit in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green Center and its surprising effect on me.
Self-doubt is a bitch. This is the most wonderful boost. It means the world to me. Thank you, Roxane Gay.
I wonder if anyone reads this anymore? If I’m writing into emptiness? I don’t post nearly as frequently as I once did. I send a monthly newsletter now. Sign up here on the site, if you like. I never spam, or share email addresses. But even if no one reads this it’s okay. This blog and I go way back. I’m sticking with her.
First good thing: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press 20 final copies of The Weight of Him (hardcover) are available on giveaway at Goodreads. Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 16th.
Second good thing: My essay “Loud in the Time of Chaos” published at Tin House Online. It’s about the Irish fiddle virtuoso, Sharon Shannon, and the salve and importance of tapping into our most powerful parts, especially during these difficult times.
I also have several events coming up. You can find full details on my Events page.
Thanks for reading…nobody?
This 8 minute video is so powerful. Thank you, Jamal Edwards, The Guardian, and all the brave, big-hearted men here. All of this spoke to me, and in particular the importance of catching negative, depressive thoughts and turning them around, before they kill you. Suicide is the number one killer of men under 45 in the UK. In Ireland, it is the leading cause of death in young men aged 15-34. In the US, men die by suicide 3.5 times more than women and the rate of suicide is highest in middle age. And the rates keep rising. I hope to play my own part in changing these startling stats and helping to save lives by encouraging people to not suffer in silence.