16 Books From The Past Decade That Every Woman Needs To Read: Critical Linking, February 26

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While there is no doubt that women’s stories and women writers — and particularly women writers of color — have been underrepresented in literature since before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press (that’s pre-1440 for anyone who doesn’t keep obscure historical facts filed away in their brain at all times) there’s also no doubt that women’s literary representation has increased significantly in recent years. Organizations like VIDA and their annual VIDA Count, an inventory of how many women writers are published or have had their books reviewed by notable literary magazines, as compared to men (and one that has recently been expanded to take into account race and ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and ability) have gone a long way in holding the publishing community accountable for sexual bias, and have helped pave the way for women writers to publish more widely, and with greater visibility.

While women writers have always put exceptionally well written and powerful work out into the world, the last decade of publishing has seen an especially notable number of books written by women, that all women should read.

Yes, good. I’d go as far as to say these are books all genders should read.


After the 2014 war, as he was rummaging through the rubble of his university’s bombed arts department, he found one of the survivors, the Norton Anthology of American Literature, and an idea was born.

Realising that Gaza needed a safe home for English books and a space where people could come to read and socialise rather than hang out in cafes or watch TV, Abu Toha began a mission to open Gaza’s first public library for English books.

There’s so much in this story about a 24-year-old trying to build an English-language library in Gaza.



While the Poet Laureate’s primary duty is to write poetry that reflects the pulse of the nation, poets are also tasked with carrying on the legacy of former Poet Laureate Allen Tate by recruiting poets and authors to contribute to the Library of Congress’ Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. 

A handy infographic and background on what the Poet Laureate does. Also, so few women and people of color have been Poet Laureate of the US.


In 2017, Mall of America® celebrates its 25th birthday. As part of this special celebration, we think it’s crucial to capture how much we’ve evolved over the course of the last 25 years. Rather than do it ourselves, we’re giving that job to a gifted writer.

The Writer-in-Residence Contest will give a special scribe the chance to spend five days deeply immersed in the Mall atmosphere while writing on-the-fly impressions in their own words. The contest winner will stay in an attached hotel for four nights, receive a $400 gift card to buy food and drinks and collect a generous honorarium for the sweat and tears they’ll put into their prose.

You could be a writer-in-residence at the Mall of America. For real.

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