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    Women Donors Save the Orange Prize for Literature

    A group of female donors including Cherie Blair, Martha Lane Fox and the novelist Joanna Trollope have come in at the last minute to keep the Orange Prize for women's fiction in existence. The prize will now be known at the Women's Prize for Fiction. The committee is hoping to have a new h...

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    Talking to Penny Marshall

    A new memoir by actress and director Penny Marshall hit bookstore last week.  Marshall was a big star in the 70s and 80s appearing on multiple TV shows and hanging out with the rest of Hollywood TV royalty.  Her stories about Hollywood are hysterical and tragic (she was friends with John B...

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    Quote of the Day: If a Man Writes About a Family, It's Like, Oh, He's Really Writing About America. If a Woman Writes About a Family, It's Just Assumed That She's Writing About Herself.

    So says Jennifer Weiner who is now on her book tour for her 10th book The Next Best Thing.  All of Weiner's previous nine novels have been incredibly popular and best sellers.  She's sold 11 million books in 36 countries.  But she's pissed because the NY Times doesn't ...

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    Guest Post: A Feminist Defense of 50 Shades of Grey

    50 Shades of Grey is happening, it's happening big, and it's happening for women. I jumped on the band wagon after reading that the books were initially created as Twilight fan-fic (Twilight being the subject of my Masters thesis...) and immediately gave up three days of my life to obsessively read ...

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    The Continuing Conversation About the Marginalization of Female Writers

    I opened the NY Times book review this past weekend and lo and behold there was an essay by the divine Meg Wolitzer called The Second Shelf about how books written by men and women are treated differently.

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    Is 50 Shades of Grey The Next Big Thing?

    As The Hunger Games was getting ready to take the box office by storm, a 40-something former TV executive from England with two kids E.L. James (not her real name) and her literary agent Valerie Hoskins were sitting out in Hollywood taking pitches from all the studios who were all falling over thems...

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    Two African American Female Directors Book New Films

    I was excited to report that one African American female director got a new gig, but two puts me close to over the moon.

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    Guest Post: It’s a Wild Thyme for Women in 21st Century Hollywood

    The status and authority of women participating in various aspects of the film and television industry has made great strides in the past twenty years. Two years ago a woman actually was awarded the Oscar for directing a realistic action film about war. Who would have thought twenty years ago this w...

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    The 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction - The Longlist

    The Orange Prize celebrates fiction written by women from authors across the world. It is now in it's 17th year. The shortlist will be announced April 17th and the award will be held on May 30. The judges are: Joanna Trollope, (Chair), Writer; Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaste...

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