I've only read three of the authors featured on the Granta list, Xiaolu Guo, Ned Beauman and Zadie Smith, but I'm looking forward to checking out the others.
|Xiaolu Guo, one of the women of this years Granta list, I love her hat|
I have read debates recently about whether it is still necessary to still have female only awards for literature, such as the Women's Prize for Fiction, personally I believe it is still needed. I was shocked to read on VIDA about the disparity between the number of male authors reviewed compared to women authors. The men outweigh the women, clearly showing that male authors are getting more publicity, more acclaim and more notice than their female counterparts. Below are graphs, taken form VIDA, that show a gender count of bylines and authors reviewed in literary publications. Even Granta, if unequal, showing that the majority female list this year is an anomaly.
There are several of these graphs, so I won't bore you with them all, but I seriously suggest you check them out for yourselves. Out of all the publications VIDA has looked at, not a single one reviews more women than men. So yes, I think it safe to say there is still a place for women only prizes.
The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was released a few weeks ago, and is listed below:-
- Hilary Mantel, Bringing up the Bodies (winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize)
- Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behaviour
- Kate Atkinson, Life after Life
- A.M Homes, This Book Will Save Your Life
- Zadie Smith, NW (Zadie was included on this year Granta list for the second time)
- Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Benadette
The winner will be announced 5th June.