Booknotes: Writing Women’s Lives

Writing Women’s Lives is an anthology of autobiographical writing of fifty American women writers spanning the entire twentieth century — the first writer here was born in 1860 and the last in 1962. In introducing us to these writers, Susan Cahill, the editor/anthologist, described how their cultural and socio-economic diversity makes them a pleasure to read while also busting many myths around the phenomenon of “woman writer." And I believe that we, women writers of today, need our models to turn to from time to time — if not to emulate, then to see how we are or could be different. Benchmarks, if you will, that show us whether we have managed to move beyond the traditions set by our predecessors. We also need to know and appreciate the powerful sisterhood to whom we owe so much.

National Book Awards 2013: The Winners

A roundup and best links of the National Book Awards 2013 winners for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young adult literature. Also, the winners of the Literarian Award and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

TV Review: Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Poirot was so well-loved, despite his annoying, self-centered pomposity, that, when Christie finally released her last novel, Curtain, killing him off after more than 5 decades, he received a front-page obituary on August 6, 1975 in the New York Times.