#readwomen2014

Fed up with many of her favorite writers going unsung, writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh started the new year off by drawing a series of bookmark-shaped New Year’s cards featuring a few of her favorite female authors. On the backs of the bookmarks, Walsh included the names of some 250 women writers–names which, after some deliberation, she decided to individually tweet along with the Twitter hashtag #readwomen2014. The exercise, which she initially worried would “seem polemical, even boring” sparked a flurry of activity, with more and more people tweeting their favorites in response. As Walsh writes in The Guardian, “[the] meme was passed on until the list of names doubled, then trebled.”

I love this idea. Here is just a small sampling of some of my favorite female writers. I plan to tweet a few of the names I don’t see often enough. Care to join me?

Claire Messud
Edith Wharton
George Eliot
Charlotte Bronte
Kate Christensen
Mary Karr
Dana Spiotta
Lydia Millet
Mavis Gallant
Heather Havrilesky
Deborah Eisenberg
Tana French
Margaret Atwood
Joan Didion
Janet Malcolm
Larissa Macfarquhar
Zoe Heller
Scarlett Thomas
Nancy Mitford
Lindy West
Jhumpa Lahiri