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March Really IS Women’s History Month

March is a month to get excited about! It’s the month when you know winter is almost over (although we had an ice storm today), great literature is being released, Women’s History Month is in full swing and the reveal of the longlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction comes out.

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LOVE doing this display! Sorry, bad glare from phone.

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So many great books to feature!

Now onto The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. “Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.” Books have to be originally written in English and published between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Looking over the past winners, longlist and shortlist, I am embarrassed to say that I haven’t read many from previous years.

The longlist will be announced in exactly one week from today on March 10th but I couldn’t wait to talk about it. The shortlist on April 13th and the winner will be announced on June 3rd.

Also, something I am doing for the first time…making predictions, but only ones I have read. Book awards usually don’t sway my reading choices but it does help bring awareness to some reads that I might pass up otherwise. And I feel that I have read some really wonderful books by women authors in the past year. Who knows? One prediction might make the longlist.

That’s my contribution. Looking back over my reading last year, I am proud to say I read some strong books by women. I could have named a few more but there weren’t published between the proposed rule dates. Three are also on the 2015 Tournament of Books shortlist, which I am also trying to squeeze in a few more reads to geekily play along at home-always late to the party.

Two other bloggers who also posted their wish list/predictions are Susan at A Life in Books  and Jackie at Farm Lane Books Blog.

So help me out readers!

What other books by women do you think will make the longlist next week?

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3 thoughts on “March Really IS Women’s History Month

  1. Thanks so much for the mention. I love these wishlists almost more than what the judges come up with – so interesting to see where we overlap and even more so in where we differ.

  2. I hadn’t heard of A Little Life, but I still have The People in the Trees, unread, on my shelves. Thanks for drawing it to my attention! I really need to try some Yanagihara. I agree with Susan – the real longlist is often a disappointment – it is all these prediction posts that introduce me to wonderful new books!

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