The Reading Women 2017 Fiction Award

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.

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