March 8, 2019

The 2019 Woman Issue

The 2019 Woman Issue

Featuring 347 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children's and YA books; also in this issue: The Woman Issue: special coverage of women writers who demand to be understood on their own terms; and more

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Laurie Halse Anderson, Stacey Lee & Joy McCullough

Laurie Halse Anderson, Stacey Lee & Joy McCullough

In this sponsored interview, we talk to three Penguin Young Readers Group writers listening to the stories of women and girls

By Megan Labrise on March 1, 2019


When Joy McCullough discovered Artemisia Gentileschi’s story, she was outraged.

“I reached my early 20s without having heard of this woman, who should be not only known as an artist, but a feminist icon,” says McCullough, who began researching the 17th-century Italian painter’s remarkable life when a passing reference caught her eye in Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride. “I was so outraged I hadn’t heard her story before that I had to write it—it had to be told.”

Gentileschi ...

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NAMWALI SERPELL

This week's Woman Episode is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group. Meet Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), Stacey Lee, and Joy McCullough, three YA authors who look to the past to tend a feminist future, in our Woman Issue and online at Kirkus.com. In our lead interview, meet Namwali Serpell, whose brilliant debut novel could be *the* big book of 2019. She joins us on this week's episode to discuss The Old Drift, the genre-bending tale of three generations of three Zambian families whose histories entwine in mysterious and magical ways. Then our editors join with their top picks in books this week.


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THE 2019 WOMAN ISSUE BOOK LISTS

5 Novels by Women You Should Be Reading

5 Novels by Women You Should Be Reading

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5 Women Nonfiction Writers You Should Be Reading

5 Women Nonfiction Writers You Should Be Reading

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5 Children's Books by Women You Should Be Reading

5 Children's Books by Women You Should Be Reading

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Editors' columns

Fiction

Like all games, mahjong can be played with craft and cunning, with artistry and precision. Or it can be a mess. Says Auntie Lin, one of the many character...

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Nonfiction

Anyone who pays attention to current affairs knows that there is plenty of injustice in this country, from racism to sexism to homophobia to economic ineq...

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Indie

These Indie editors’ picks, which run the genre gamut—short stories, memoir, fantasy, poetry—cover road stories, addiction, dragons, mur...

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Fiction

One of the best parts of my job is getting to see all the new books months before they hit stores. But the newness can be unrelenting; sometimes I’d...

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Author interviews

Carrianne Leung

There may be no place more conspicuous in its pursuit of perfection than suburbia. While every suburb differs somewhat, dependi...

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Mallory O'Meara

Mallory O’Meara was 17 and a movie monster nerd. She’d already worked her way through all the Universal Pictures mo...

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DaMaris B. Hill

Perhaps because of its subtitle, DaMaris B. Hill’s A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African Ameri...

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Katharena Vermette

A celebrated poet, writer, activist, and educator, Katherena Vermette’s work has always been a synthesis of those various...

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Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear’s epic space opera, Ancestral Night, has everything: pirates, far-future tech, strange alien species, amaz...

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Aida Salazar

When Aida Salazar’s daughter hit puberty, the author knew she wanted to celebrate her child’s coming-of-age; the qu...

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