Happy International Women’s Day!

Hay Festival is partnering with The Pool for a public campaign to select 100 books by women from the last 100 years to be celebrated at its festivals in the UK and around the world.

There are some great books about inspirational women out these days. Which one should you read? Stylist helps you choose.

Appropriately, the Women’s Prize for fiction longlist is out today. The judges acclaimed the boldness of a 16-strong selection that ranges from a future utopia to the arrival of a mermaid in Georgian London.

Waterstones has given over its website front page to female authors. This is welcome, but it’s far from enough, says Danuta Kean. Well, obviously.

 

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Evening Standard asked a group of empowering women to share the essential feminist reads that helped shape their identity.

iNews recomends five books by women, about women.

Women, apparently, are “having different fantasies” these days. In the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up, how do authors write a good sex scene? How ‘bad’ should the bad boy be? Romance writers and editors reflect on how the genre is changing.

Books about alcohol, romance and cooking are among those winning the consumers’ buck for Mother’s Day gifts in the run up to the event on Sunday. No surprise, really, since that’s what everyone’s pushing.

On Lit Hub today is an excerpt of Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. You can also win it on the site.

On the new episode of the Brit Lit podcast, I spoke to Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison about their books, their friendship, the process of co-writing a book, and differences between British and American teen cultures.

 

Author Reni Eddo-Lodge and former Virago publisher Lennie Goodings are among the winners of Southbank Centre’s Women in Creative Industries Awards.

Books from Iceland, Spain, Italy, Finland and The Netherlands are in the running for this year’s In Other Words project, designed to help UK publishers acquire children’s books in translation, including an adventure escapade set in Finland and a laugh-out-loud story about dinosaurs in Iceland.

Independent publishers are rejoicing at the news they are bucking the market trend, with their sales up.

Trapeze is publishing a Royal Wedding-themed colouring book from illustrator Adam Rushton. Instant bestseller? I think so.

It’s been at least a week since the last instalment of JK Rowling related news, so here’s the latest: Sport Relief is encouraging Harry Potter fans to compete for their Hogwarts house in the Nation’s Billion Steps a Day Challenge.

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