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.
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.
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
- Euphoria by Lily King
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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.