Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday. This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.
This week’s topic is … actually different. But since it’s International Women’s Day I am changing it up. Favorite Women Authors. The only problem now is, how on earth do you keep it to only five? I did my best. If you can think of any others to recommend I am begging you for recommendations in the comments please!
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood’s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. (from Goodreads Author Bio)
Margaret Atwood simultaneously inspires the reader and scares the holy crap out of them. She delves into what she calls speculative fiction. It’s not dystopia or sci-fi. It is what the world could be if we continue down the road we are on. Her books are frightening and illuminating. She’s astonishing.
Her Goodreads bio doesn’t do such a prolific author justice. She has 10 books (one just about to release later this month) so far. She writes really lovely books about Chinese and Chinese-American women and their relationships with each other. I simply love her books.
She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. (from Goodreads Author Bio)
I always hated short stories, by the time you get settled in you’re already done! Then I saw a facebook interview she did with Margaret Atwood, a fellow Canadian author. The two of them amused me so much I decided to look up one of Ms. Munro’s books. She writes with a particularly deft skill. There is not a lot of action in her books, but she squeezes your heart and makes you look at yourself and others with compassion and insight. She’s a treasure!
Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a Tiptree Committee Recommendation. Her second novel, THE BOOK OF ETTA, will be published in spring 2017 by 47North. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Liquid Imagination, Compelling Science Fiction, Everyday Feminism, and many other places online and in print. She writes like she’s running out of time and lives in Oakland.
A new favorite! I feel like I’m getting in on the ground level with this one here, and I think if I could buy stock in her I would do it! I feel like she is going to be recognized as a really great author as time goes by. She has a lot to say and does so with fierceness and determination. I can’t wait for the next book.
- Charlie N. Holmberg – I really love her books. She writes interesting fantasy and also seems like a really great person.
- Naomi Novik – She’s a great fantasy writer. I’ve only read two of her books but I’m looking forward to continuing!
- Amy Tan – She belongs in the Top 5 but I could only pick 5! She’s inimitable. There’s nothing more I can say but that she is wonderful.
- Alice Walker – Another literary great who belongs in anyones Top 5 list. However, since I’ve only read one of her books (The Color Purple) I felt like I need to read more.