Australian Women Writers Challenge

This year I’m challenging myself to read more books by Australian women authors as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge.

My specific self-challenge is to read six books by Australian women authors in 2013.

Here are two of the books I’m planning to read this year:

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Selkies and witches and Lanagan’s brilliant prose. I’ve heard murmurs of greatness about this book, but I’ve not listened too closely for fear of having the details spoiled. And the details in Lanagan’s writing are so wonderful. I bought this book when it first came out and I’ve been holding onto it, waiting for a time when life quiets down so I can make sure real life doesn’t interfere with my reading. Maybe I just need to go ahead and start reading and then real life will have to make room.

The Sinkings by Amanda Curtin
I recently reviewed Curtin’s short story collection Inherited¬†for the journal Antipodes. I had agreed to do a book review for the journal, but had no idea which book I would get. As soon as I started reading Inherited, I knew it had been the perfect choice for me. Her stories are gorgeous, and play with magical realism in ways I haven’t seen before. And the structure of the collection as a whole is also a wonderful experience. As a short story writer who is beginning to write novels, I’m very interested to read a novel by a writer whose short stories I adore.

The other four books I will read as part of my self-challenge I’m leaving open for now, but I’m going to try to read other genres in addition to fiction – one poetry and one non-fiction at least.

Do you have any suggestions of great Australian women writers I should read?

Want to Participate?

  • If you want to take part in the challenge, sign up here.
  • There are some wonderful recommendations on this post on short stories and poetry, and the blog is continually updated with reading recommendations.

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