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Books for Women
- March 2007 -
Volume 3 Number 3
Welcome to the March issue of More Books for Women. Our reviewers bring you
their thoughts on some of the new Spring titles for both adults and children
of all ages. Enjoy!
Books To Watch Out For
Ann Christophersen is inspired by...
Anne Lamott has a new book coming out mid-March, a sequel of sorts
to two of her previous books. This one,
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, obviously has
much in common with Traveling Mercies: Thoughts on Faith
and Plan B: More Thoughts on Faith. Besides continuing her
commentary on the role faith plays in her life, this time focusing
on the subject of grace, she uses the ironic, irreverent, comic
style all her fans recognize as her signature. And, as usual, she
manages this tone while being utterly serious about the underlying
message of each personal anecdote she offers. She writes in a story
called "Nudges": "Just after I got sober, I met a
wonderful couple, funny, charming intellectuals. They were spiritual
in the same way I was and am, which is to say devout, with a sometimes
bad attitude, a black sense of humor, and tendencies toward gossip
and character assassination. We hit it off instantly." She
has a tremendous aptitude for creating a central metaphor in each
of the stories she tells that expands the meaning of the piece.
You finish it refreshed by the telling and also with something to
ponder. I love reading Anne Lamott. Penguin/Riverhead Books, $24.95,
Speaking of themes in Anne Lamott's last three books,
you might notice one of my own. The other new book I'm recommending
for March is
Speaking of Faith, by Krista Tippett. Some of you might
be familiar with Tippett, having heard her NPR radio show of the
same title. In
her book, she is at times quite personal, tracing her own changing
relationship with religion and faith over time, and how that led
her to create the radio show. She also argues for her conviction
that the unique ideas and language of faith need to be inserted
into all the important dialogues people have about their actions
and beliefs. She is resolutely intellectual in her approach, and
demonstrates why it is simplistic to think that science or any
other discipline is inconsistent with faith, pointing to the irony,
for instance, of the reductive "creation vs. evolution"
argument when Darwin himself was a religious man. My habits of
thinking, like those of many others of our time, are not easily
reconciled to hers. But habits are often fertile ground for examination
and change, and I find Tippet's book provocative and potentially
important. Penguin/Viking, $23.95, 9780670038350.
Linda Bubon loves...
Our book group had a good discussion with a book I adore,
The Love Wife by Gish Jen. There are multiple narrators
in this modern family story: #1, Carnegie Wong, the Chinese-American
software marketer, who is moved to adopt an Asian-looking foundling,
which is where
he meets #2, Blondie (Jane), your average white-girl liberal who
is moved to marry Carnegie; #3, Lizzie, the foundling, now a somewhat
angry, hip teen; #4, her sister Wendy, adopted from China, now a
middle-schooler; #5, Mama Wong, Carnegie's endlessly-striving immigrant
mother who opposes the Carnegie/Jane mating and reaches out from
the grave to bring into their family #6, Lan, a woman of Jane's
age from mainland China who co-opts the children, flirts with Carnegie,
is cold to Jane, and generally presents an enormous challenge, culturally
and humanly. There's a great deal of humor in Jen's writing, and
she creates sympathy for all her characters. Issues of identity,
assimilation, and adoption are handled with the depth and complexity
they deserve. Random House/Vintage, $14, 9781400076512.
Waiting for Daisy has a subtitle that explains it all:
A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors,
an Oscar, an Atomic
Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother.
What it doesn't tell you is how compelling, honest,
heart-wrenching, and at times witty Peggy Orenstein's memoir
of her struggle with infertility is. Like Schoolgirls and
Flux, I couldn't put Waiting for Daisy down. She
is just such a great journalist; you learn more about infertility
treatments and remedies than you ever thought you might want to
know, but it's fascinating. Orenstein takes you inside the mindset
of a couple who become increasingly obsessed with conceiving.
Bloomsbury, $23.95, 9781596910171.
Chelsey Clammer suggests...
After a lifetime of disability rights activism, Simi Linton
finally wrote a memoir.
My Body Politic was released last summer, and now it is available in paperback.
After a fatal car accident in 1971
that left her husband dead and Linton paralyzed from the waist down,
the fiery young activist slowly began to realize how her disabled
body was a type of political action in and of itself. Challenging
the ableist notions of normalcy that our society constructs and
insists on, Linton details the past 30 years of her life in which
she has fought for not only access to university buildings, but
also the respect and just treatment that every woman deserves. Told
in her compelling narrative style, Linton both informs and entertains
her readers with the politics of her body and life. University of
Michigan Press, $18.95 paper, 9780472032365.
Picking up where some fiction writers and academics alike
have left off, S. Bear Bergman weaves personal narrative and gender
politics in hir (that's gender-neutral talk for neither her nor
him) new exploration of the intersections of sexuality and gender.
Butch Is a Noun describes exactly that: how sexuality
becomes a way of life, and how gender is not always the best identifier
to go by. Living
in the spaces in between and beyond the male/female dichotomy,
Bergman explains how life as a butch cannot be represented by
either notion of that pesky gender binary. In a very accessible
style, Bergman explains for all of the butches, femmes, straights,
and gays alike out there what life as a butch is really like.
But this memoir goes beyond the practice of trying to define one
type of person. Bergman shows us all how gender identity is specific
to each person, and that in order to truly understand a "category"
of people, you first have to realize that categories are not always
helpful. It's witty and fun, educational, and brilliant. Butch
Is a Noun is definitely a book that everyone should read,
regardless of your notion of gender. Suspect Thoughts Press, $16.95,
Angelique Grandone is moved by...
Clown Girl is a heart-wrenching love story and a dramatic tale of
loss, redemption, and red, red noses. Monica Drake's descriptions of the hard-knock
life of Sniffles the Clown in Baloneytown is darkly comic and completely brilliant.
It leaves the reader questioning the great paradox of the world: can one be
a Serious Clown? Hawthorne Books and Literary Arts, $15.95, 9780976631156.
Mary Ellen Kavanaugh recommends...
Beautifully designed with great artwork throughout, gracefully
written, complete with a thoroughly accessible and engaging herstory
of the place women have held in the world of yoga,
Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga by Janice Gates is
a collection of brief biographies of current women who are movers
and shakers in the world of yoga. What a delicious book! Yogini
is a relaxing and inspiring read…and it looks great on your coffee
am rereading some of the stories because they are so inspirational.
Each yogini's story about how she came to yoga makes me realize
how imminent the capacity to change is in our day-to-day lives,
if only we are open to seeing it - and, how much yoga prepares us
to do just that. I am grateful for my own yoga teachers who have
shown me that, and now for Janice Gates's amazing book which reminds
me of the wisdom to be found from our yoga women leaders. Don't
bypass this book just because you don't do yoga - it is true testament
to the power women can find within when they pursue learning who
they really are. (Note to booksellers: Yogini is readily
available through major wholesalers.) Mandala Publishing, $19.95
For sure, I would not have picked up
To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial
Days to the Present (Connie Wanek, et al, eds.) if I were
not living in Minnesota - and how much poorer I would be for that
mistake! This beautifully produced
collection of poems will delight any reader of poetry.
I was recently most fortunate to attend a launch of the book at
The Loft in Minneapolis and heard about 30 of the 47 poets included
in the book read. Wow - from the 91-year-old to the 31-year-old,
each poet delighted the audience with gems, short and long, reflecting
on life as lived by women in Minnesota over the past century.
The 90 or so people who came out in the minus-10 degree weather
and stayed for three hours was a testament to the strength of
both the poetry scene for women in the Twin Cities and the power
of this collection. New Rivers Press, $17.95 paper, 9780898232325.
More thoughts on
Big Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight
for America’s Independent Businesses by Stacy Mitchell:
This is a painful book for me to be reading right now - just three
years out from having to close my own independent bookstore and
in the middle of a corporate acquisition of one of the last independent
book distribution companies in the country, so I am moving slowing
through it. At times it makes me righteously outraged, at times
it is just making me cry - it is so close to the bone. Those of
us who came of age in the heyday of independent publishing and
bookselling in this country are deeply mourning the loss of that
world, for both personal and communal reasons. And,
I believe everyone who cares about their local economy, a sense
of community, freedom of speech, wide access to ideas, and the
inclusion of marginal voices should be paying attention to what
is happening in our culture at the hands of a few corporate giants,
whose concern is nothing more than making money. Don't let them
tell you otherwise. Mitchell, a senior researcher with the Institute
for Local Self-Reliance, pulls together here an astute presentation
of how this takeover has come to be, what local communities are
doing to stem the growth, and what you can do as an individual
to be part of creating more vital local communities. Run, don't
walk, to your local independent bookstore (if you're still lucky
enough to have one) and get a copy of this book. When you are
done, donate it to your local library. Don't have a local bookstore?
Check out www.booksense.com and order it from your nearest indie
(or click on the title link above and order it from Women and
Children First). Friends don't let friends buy from chains... Beacon
Press, $24.95, 9780807035009.
Sara Luce Look is reading...
I really enjoyed
Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault, first in a new mystery series
introducing Jamaica Wild. Based in New Mexico, Jamaica works for
the Bureau of Land Management near the Tanoah Pueblo, and she lives
with a wolf cub. She's a very interesting character; I enjoy how
the author writes about Jamaica being a woman alone and an outsider,
as well as how one can be both interested and respectful of other cultures. Penguin,
How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by
Mameve Medwed is now out in paperback. Abby Randolph
lives in Boston and her rather passionless life is changed when
the Antiques Roadshow comes to town. Abby finds that she
owns Elizabeth Barrett Browning's chamber pot, and that discovery
significantly changes her life. This novel is very steeped in
both New England culture and Harvard academic culture. HarperCollins,
Science Fiction and Fantasy: Spotlight on Fantasy
Always pushing its own boundaries, fantasy has a limitless capacity
to reinvent itself. Fantasy continues to reappear as if by magic,
from TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (of which I am an unabashed
fan), to profound works of imaginative literature. The renaissance
of contemporary fantasy, maturing from children's literature, is
best seen in literary fabulism. Since the early twentieth-century,
the literary fabulists have been innovators, writers of extraordinary
artistry, reworking the existing tropes of fantasy, creating fiction
of great complexity and beauty.
By Jill Roberts
One of my favorite new literary fabulists is the wonderful emerging talent M. Rickert. For the title story
in her first short story collection,
Map of Dreams, Rickert immediately guides you into
borderlands, a lushly dangerous place somewhere between deep unconsciousness
and an endlessly shifting version of reality.
This is a very strong
collection, and I was particularly taken by "Bread and Bombs,"
set in a post-apocalyptic suburbia where magical strangers encounter
lurking paranoia; "The Girl Who Ate Butterflies," an unorthodox
love triangle in which the carnal becomes carnivorous; and "Leda,"
a stark recasting of the Greek myth, told by a woman whose beauty
makes her a target, but not a victim. These stories are lyrical
and devastating, brutally honest, and profoundly satisfying. Map
of Dreams is sophisticated fantasy that will appeal to both
genre and literary readers. I am truly looking forward to seeing
more of M. Rickert's work. Golden Gryphon, $24.95, 9781930846449.
Literary fabulists to watch out for: Theodora Goss (In the Forest of Forgetting),
Liz Williams (The Demon and the City), Cherie Priest (Wings to the
Kingdom), and Elizabeth Hand (Saffron and Brimstone).
Moving back to the roots of literary fabulism: in
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope
Mirrlees, the town of Lud-in-the-Mist is a pastoral paradise
that has repressed its connection to the dark magic of faerie.
Forbidden for generations, faerie fruit can confer both joy and
madness, and its mysterious reappearance in Lud imperils both
the established order and its restless youth. Conflicted Mayor
Nathaniel Chanticleer is unwillingly drawn into a showdown with
the sinister Widow Gibberty, and her co-conspirator, town physician
Endymion Leer, and Lud will never be the same.
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkein will enjoy this
seemingly traditional British fantasy that recalls The Hobbit,
but was actually written eleven years earlier, in 1926. The acknowledged
influence of Mirrlees's work by contemporary fantasists, such
as Neil Gaiman and Michael Swanwick, has led to the rightful canonization
of Lud-in-the-Mist as a classic fantasy novel. Cold Spring
Press, $11, 9781593600419.
Classic female fabulists to revisit: Mary Shelley (Frankenstein),
C.L. Moore (The Best of C.L. Moore), Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard
of Earthsea), Octavia Butler (Kindred).
By Nan Cinnater
Apparently I was born without the romance gene - not the one for
romance in real life but the one for romance in fiction. Sexual
preference doesn't seem to matter; I don't care whether girl gets
girl any more than I care whether girl gets boy. Surprisingly, I
The Lost Madonna by Kelly Jones, a novel of romantic
suspense that's not big on suspense. But it's a great story, flashing
back to the flood in Florence in 1966 and the "mud angels,"
the international students who came to help rescue and restore the
city's art treasures. No Dan Brown-style conspiracy here, but an
evocative picture of Italy then and now, with a strong 52-year-old
heroine, mature romance, and a little art history thrown in for
good measure. Penguin/Berkley, $7.99, 9780425214190.
The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly takes us
to India in 1922, where Scotland Yard Commander Joe Sandilands
is on loan to the Bengal police (Delta, $13,
9780385339711). At a British army outpost near Calcutta five officers'
wives have died, seemingly accidentally, over the last twelve
years. Sandilands is sent to investigate. His chief ally is the
wife of a British administrator who fought to have the cases reopened,
and a romance ensues. The mystery is meticulously constructed
a la Agatha Christie, with good colonial background and only a
little too much romance. This is the first in a series which now
comprises five books. In the latest,
The Bee's Kiss (Delta, $13, 9780385340410), it's 1926
and Sandilands is back in London, where an elegant aristocrat
is found bludgeoned to death in her room at the Ritz.
The Edgar Awards, given by the Mystery Writers of America, are the Oscars
of mystery writing. As with the Oscars, when the nominations are announced,
fans hurry to check out anything they have missed. (The Edgar nominations
were reported in MBW #16.)
Dead Hour by Denise Mina (nominated for Best Novel) is the second
in her series featuring Paddy Meehan, a young Irish Catholic woman who works
as a reporter in Glasgow. Here Paddy gets involved with a case of spousal
abuse ending in murder. The series is set in the 80s, giving Mina plenty of
opportunity for pointed observations about feminism, Thatcherism, and Irish
and Scottish politics. Little Brown, $24.99, 9780316735940.
I just caught up with the first in the series,
Field of Blood, in which Paddy is a teenager working
as a lowly "copy boy" at a Glasgow newspaper.
Mina is a great writer, and Paddy is a great character. Spunky,
"chunky," and smart as a whip, Paddy is like a far more
realistic, working-class Bridget Jones. When a three-year-old
boy is murdered by older children, Paddy discovers a personal
connection to one of the accused boys. Mina is brilliantly succinct,
but even so the harsh realities of child murder can be hard to
take. Similarly, Mina's previous trilogy (consisting of Garnethill,
Exile, and Resolution, all available in trade paper)
is wonderfully written, imbued with feminist politics, and despairingly
gritty in its depiction of abuse, alcoholism, prostitution, and
life on the street. Field of Blood: Little, Brown, $7.50,
A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read (nominated for
Best First Novel by an American) introduces Madeline Dare, an
in Syracuse with her adored working-class husband. Maddie
is the poor relation of her privileged family; as she puts it,
"My money is so old there's none left." Twenty years
ago, two girls were murdered outside Syracuse, and now evidence
comes to Maddie that implicates one of her favorite cousins. Cornelia
Read neatly combines heartland gothic with Gatsby-esque elegance
and dysfunction. But it's Maddie's voice - sharp, funny, and discontent
- that hooked me and that lingers after the case is concluded.
I can't wait to meet this character again. Warner, $22.95, 9780892960231.
(The Mystery Writers of America created a new website specifically for
the Edgars: www.theedgars.com.
It also contains information about an April
25 symposium in New York, open to the public, which features such writers
as Laurie R. King and S.J. Rozan.)
It's almost spring and the perennials are coming back
- by which I mean some of my favorite mystery writers have
new books. Dana Stabenow's Inuit investigator Kate Shugak returns,
after a brief hiatus, in
A Deeper Sleep (St. Martin's/Minotaur, $24.95, 9780312343224).
Anyone who hasn't discovered the Kate Shugak series, especially
fans of outdoor adventure or of Nevada Barr, must give her a try.
Blindfold Game, a stand-alone espionage thriller featuring
a woman Coast Guard commander off the Alaska coast, is now out
in paper (St. Martin's, $6.99, 9780312937553). Stabenow also edited
the paperback anthology
Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy.
Ace, $7.99, 9780441014644.
African-American writer Eleanor Taylor Bland has a new entry in her long-standing
series about Illinois cop Marti MacAlister,
Suddenly a Stranger (St.
Martin's/Minotaur, $23.95, 9780312360450), in which Marti is blackmailed by
meth dealers. First in the series was Dead Time.
S.J. Rozan brings her architectural expertise to her new novel,
Rain, a story of the New York City construction industry featuring investigator
Ann Montgomery (Random House/Delacorte, $24, 9780385338042). Rozan writes
about NYC like no one else, but I miss her series characters, private
eye partners Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, last seen in the Edgar-winning Winter
Find Me, Carol O'Connell (not to be confused with the Rosie O'Donnell book of the same name),
brings back her unique heroine, NYPD detective Kathleen Mallory, a feral child
who was raised by a good-hearted cop and his wife. Here Mallory chases a serial
killer along Route 66 while her partner tries to solve a murder back home.
Penguin/Putnam, $24.95, 9780399153952.
The mother-son writing team known as Charles Todd also
created a unique detective in their period mysteries set in the
1920s. Scotland Yard
Inspector Ian Rutledge is a WWI vet who suffers from shell shock
- and hears the voice of a dead comrade in his head. In
A Long Shadow, Rutledge travels to a small village
where the constable has been attacked with a bow and arrow.
Meanwhile Rutledge himself is being stalked (Harper, $6.99, 9780060786724).
The two plots don't intertwine as smoothly as I expect from these
classic whodunits, but the most satisfying aspect of these books
is their psychological resonance with the impact of the Great
War. In Todd's latest,
A False Mirror, Rutledge is called on to prove the
innocence of a fellow vet whom he dislikes and distrusts. Morrow,
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, partners in investigation and in life, are
Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (Harper/Morrow, $24.95,
9780060525279). I love this series as much for the subtle, balanced depiction
of the relationship as for the traditional Scotland Yard sleuthing.
of the Bones, perhaps the best and most feminist of the series, has just
been reissued. Harper/Avon, $7.99, 9780061150401.
Mysteries To Watch Out For:
There's good buzz about
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin,
a medieval mystery featuring female coroner Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese
Aguilar (known as Adelia), graduate of a real medical school for women in
Salerno. She is hired by Henry II to find out who is behind a series of child
murders in Cambridge. Penguin/Putnam, $25.95, 9780399154140.
Scandinavian mystery fans will want to know that
Sunstorm by Asa Larsson
won Sweden's Best First Crime Novel award. This features two women - a police
inspector and an attorney - investigating the murder of a cultish church leader.
Random House/Delta, $12, 9780385340786.
For the Kids
Recommendations from Linda Bubon
Were it not for Black History Month and Women's History Month celebrations
in many of our schools, lots of great books about people of color and women
would never be published. Here in Chicago, teachers get excited about these
new offerings, but I think parents will also appreciate these beautiful new
books that can make history come alive for children.
Angela Johnson tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen in
Wind Flyers, gorgeously illustrated by Loren Long.
Told in the voice of a young boy about
his great-great uncle, the prose captures the flyer's spirit, his desire to
"catch the clouds and feel the wind." The text discusses the prejudice
against African-American pilots as well as their bravery and conscientiousness,
but it is still simple enough to inspire a 4- to 8-year-old. Simon & Schuster,
$16.99 hardback, 9780689848797.
Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford,
illustrated by Eric Velasquez, is another inspiring
story for kindergarteners up to middle-school kids who
are just learning about Hitler. Owens took five medals
in the 1936 Olympics which were held in Berlin. His awareness
of Jim Crow laws in the U.S. and Nazi hatred of Negroes does nothing
to deter his focus and winning spirit. And he is shown to be a
popular hero in both cultures. Walker, $16.95 hardback, 9780802795502.
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, with beautifully
by Kadir Nelson, tells the powerful and true story of Henry "Box"
who literally mailed himself in a wooden box in Richmond, Virginia,
350 miles away to freedom in Philadelphia. Wonderful details about
the hard work of tobacco curing, the selling off of Henry's family,
and the particulars of Henry's plan make this an exciting story
for 6- to 10-year-olds. Scholastic, $16.99 hardback, 9780439777339.
Two recent re-issues celebrate the bright spirits of black children:
Honey, I Love, a wonderful, exuberant poem by Eloise Greenfield, first
published in 1978, has been brought back to life with richly colored paintings
by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and is out in an anniversary edition. For ages 2-6.
HarperCollins/Amistad, $16.99 hardback, 9780060091231.
In 1956, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks
published her collection of poems celebrating the richness
and emotional ups and downs of childhood,
Bronzeville Boys and Girls. Now Caldecott award-winning
artist Faith Ringgold has reinvigorated the poems with vivid paintings.
These poems will be read and re-read and are great for memorization.
All ages. HarperCollins/Amistad, $16.99 hardback, 9780060295059.
Inspired by a hand-stitched sampler she found in a book of historical samplers,
Cynthia Cotton fashioned a story about Abbie, an early-19th-century girl who
hates the stitching lessons she must practice every day in
in Stitches, with lovely yellow-infused pictures by Beth Peck. Abbie finally
produces a blood-stained little sampler that represents something she really
loves - a book, and the (slightly crooked) words "I would rather read."
I'm with you, girl. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $16 hardback, 9780374300043.
New in paperback, the wonderful picture-book biography of Victoria Woodhull,
A Woman for President, by Kathleen Krull with Jane Dyer's illustrations,
brings so much American history to life as well as telling the story of the
first woman to own a newspaper, speak before Congress, have a seat on the
stock exchange, and oh yes, run for President. Walker & Company, $6.95, 9780802796158.
Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution by Patricia Lakin
is a level #3 beginning reader, and a great introduction to the revolutionary
war for 7- to 9-year-olds. Aladdin paperbacks, $3.99, 9780689870323.
For older readers, 10 and up, Catherine Gourley brings
War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle
to Cover World War II, with lots of photographs from the
papers of the time. Frustrated with being relegated to the society
pages and domestic features, female journalists wanted to be where
the action was when the war started, and fought for the right
to report from the front lines. Atheneum hardcover, $21.99, 9780689877520.
From Sara Luce Look
Author and illustrator Barbara Helen Berger (Grandfather Twilight)
has created a gentle, spiritual story with soft illustrations about feeling
different and special. In
Thunder Bunny, the title character is the
youngest of a family of rabbits, and she's different - she's blue! Granny
Bunny says Thunder Bunny came from "out of the blue," but Thunder
Bunny says she's from the sky. Penguin, $16.99 hardcover, 9780399220357.
The Story Prize honors authors of short story collections written
in English and awards the largest cash prize for fiction in the U.S. - $20,000
for first prize. This year's winner is Mary Gordon for her collection The
Stories of Mary Gordon (Random House/Pantheon). In her acceptance speech,
Mary Gordon said, "The short story is a very precious and somewhat endangered
species. A lot of great American short story writers have fallen on the sword
of the novel. Short story writers never gain the place in American letter
they deserve." The judges for this year's Story Prize were Edwidge Danticat,
Ron Hogan, and Mitchell Kaplan. See http://thestoryprize.org
for more information.
A new award has been established for genre fiction, this time for "romantic
fiction" (as opposed to romances or erotica). The Bronte Prize
was named for Charlotte Bronte, whose Jane Eyre "is largely regarded
as the first real and viable work of 'romantic fiction.'" One of the
finalists for the inaugural Bronte Prize is Water for Elephants by
Sara Gruen (Algonquin Books), named as a favorite from 2006 by several of
our reviewers (see the
The other finalists are Angels Fall by Nora Roberts (Putnam), Bee
Balms & Burgundy by Nelson Pahl (Cafe Reverie Press), Finding Noel
by Richard Paul Evans (S&S), and Tear Down the Mountain by Roger
Alan Skipper (Soft Skull Press). The winner will be announced on Thursday,
March 15. More information on the Bronte Prize can be found at www.bronteprize.org.
Calls for Submissions and Contests
Seal Press seeks humorous essays about traveling with children for the forthcoming
anthology How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel, to be edited by Sarah Franklin.
Essays should be between 1,000-3,000 words, and the deadline is May 1, 2007.
For submission details and more information, visit
CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature for Women is accepting entries for
the 6th annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. A maximum of three poems
(six pages total) may be entered, and the entry fee is $15 per poem. Deadline
is May 31, 2007. See www.calyxpress.org for more information.
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