Lionel Shriver rubbishes plans for dedicated Year of Publishing Women

The novelist has called Kamila Shamsie’s campaign for a pledge to publish only female authors in 2018 ‘a ridiculous idea’Lionel Shriver has called her fellow novelist Kamila Shamsie’s suggestion of a year publishing only women “rubbish”.Shamsie made the provocative call last year, citing gender imbalances across literary prizes, reviews, World Book Night author selections, and even protagonists in award-winning novels. “I would argue that is time for everyone, male and female, to sign up to a concerted campaign to redress the inequality,” Shamsie wrote. “Why not have a Year of Publishing Women: 2018, the centenary of women over the age of 30 getting the vote in the UK, seems appropriate … The basic premise of my ‘provocation’ is that none of the new titles published in that year should be written by men.” Related: Kamila Shamsie: let’s have a year of publishing only women – a provocation Related: Baileys prize longlists self-published debut and 10 other first novels Any female writer in her right mind would rather win, for example, the Booker, because it’s more meaningfulIn parts of the world women are treated like property … in comparison, women being reviewed less often is small beer Related: Translated fiction by women must stop being a minority in a minority Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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Lionel Shriver dismissed as contest judge after her dismissive comments about diversity in publishing

Writer Lionel Shriver, best known for her novel “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” has lost her spot as a judge for a writing contest after she published a column in the Spectator mocking a diversity drive in Britain’s division of Penguin Random House. Shriver was responding to an email she’d seen,... Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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