Good afternoon, boffins!
The winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction has finally been announced, and it is Lisa McInerney’s ‘The Glorious Heresies’. A novel of murder, mayhem, and mothers, this sounds like an absolutely cracking read.
‘Refugee Tales’ has been introduced at the Hay Literary Festival. These are the stories of real refugees, re-told by some of the best authors writing today, including Ali Smith. You can hear Patience Agbabi talk about her story ‘The Refugee’s Tale’ on BBC Radio 4. These stories are brutal and humanising and very, very real. I believe ‘Refugee Tales’ is available for purchase now.
Lit Hub has launched Book Marks – described as a Rotten Tomatoes for books. I’ve had a little look through the site, and it definitely seems interesting. A lot of the ‘grades’ they give books match my own thoughts. Obviously, because they’ve just started, the focus will be on newly published works – I’d be interested to see whether they’re interested in adding older publications. If so, this could be a pretty valuable place for finding new books, and that’s always a plus for me.
The Lambda Literary Awards were announced! Winners included:
- Prize for lesbian fiction: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
- Prize for gay fiction: God in Pink by Hasan Numir
- Prize for bisexual fiction: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
- Prize for transgender fiction: Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners by Roz Kaveney
I am loving how intersectional these winners are. I am definitely adding these to my TBR. The list of other winners can be found here.
On a personal note, prepare yourselves for many a Twitter pic of my new puppy, Jasper, who is a valid contender for cutest thing in the entire world:
Have a happy Monday. 🙂