Jan 15, 2012

Another Year of Feminist Classics & Indie Lit Awards

A Year of Feminist Classics button

Today I wanted to tell you about two fun bookish projects I’m involved in: first there’s the Year of Feminist Classics, the reading project I started with my friends and fellow bloggers Amy, Emily Jane and Iris last year. The project is being extended into the New Year, and we’re running it from February 2012 to January 2013 (for now - hopefully it will carry on after that as well). Also, several other bloggers are joining us in hosting monthly discussions this year. Here’s the reading list the new team picked:

  • FebruaryFeminism is for Everybody by bell hooks (Amy)
  • MarchThe Book of the City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan (Jean)
  • April Whipping Girl by Julia Serano (Cass)
  • May Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë read alongside Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Iris)
  • JuneStone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (Emily)
  • JulyLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott (Nancy)
  • AugustThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Lauren)
  • SeptemberBorderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua (Melissa)
  • OctoberThe Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (Jodie)
  • NovemberBeyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi (me)
  • DecemberWomen, Race, and Class by Angela Davis (Emily Jane)
  • JanuaryFeminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Eva)
We’re hoping the project will work like an ongoing informal feminist reading group, with participants picking whichever books interest them the most and joining the group reads as life allows it, and with more people joining us as co-hosts and picking books to read together in future years. We also hope that having a larger team will mean there will be no delays or radio silence when some of us are overwhelmed by life events or dissertations (I still feel bad for dropping the ball last year). If you’re interested in reading some (or all, of course) of these books with us, just leave us a comment at the group blog.

Secondly, the shortlists for the Indie Lit Awards have been announced. I’m a judge for the Speculative Fiction category, and over the next few months we’ll be reading and deciding among the following books:
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick)
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman (Viking)
  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown)
To see the shortlists for the other categories, just click over the website.

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday. My plans for today include finishing N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I’m really enjoying, and maybe also Brooke Gladstone’s The Influencing Machine. Happy reading, everyone!


  1. I hope you'll write more about being a judge for the Indie Lit awards. Sounds like fun to me.

  2. I'm glad you guys continued the Year of Feminist Classics! It's such a great project, and I'm really happy with a few of the books you have on the list as I already have them waiting on the shelves. :)

  3. I'm excited the Feminist Classics Project will go again in 2012. I will likely stay quiet this year due to other commitments, but I still follow all of the posts and comments by RSS, so I'll be with you all in spirit! Also, I'm very excited to see Alcott and Bronte on the list. I can't wait to see what is stirred up by those books. :D

    Thanks for your hard work!

  4. I've been planning on re-reading Jane Eyre as part of the Back to the Classics reading challenge, so I think I would love to be part of that discussion.

  5. I hope to join in this year a couple of time maybe with little women and wide Sargasso sea ,all the best stu

  6. Oooh, I like the looks of the speculative fiction shortlist! I've only read one of them but am dying to read two of the others (Among Others, of course, and 11/22/1963). Have a hard time believing I could ever love any of them more than I love A Monster Calls though! Hope you enjoy them all!!!

  7. what a great list of books you have! I hope you enjoy them all. I love the idea of reading Jane Eyre alongside the Rhys book!

  8. I really should join in for the Year of the Feminist Classic this year. I wanted to last year but either I couldn't easily find the book or I just sort of forgot... Must try and do better this year!

  9. Eeeeeeee I'm so excited for our new reads and co-hosts :) I think it's gonna be awesome this year.

  10. I will have to pop over to your page for Feminist Classics as I currently have Jane Eyre on my TBR shelf!


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