Because it's not enough to criticise when Wrong Things Are Wrong; we also need to offer kudos when they are indeed due. As for example, this excellent cover for Ann Aguirre's new novel, Endgame: What a magnificent pose. An action-oriented female character who immediately presents as being strong, confident, physically capable and physically aware. An … Continue reading Women on Book Covers: Counterpoint
The ballot for the 2012 Ditmar Awards has just been announced and what an impressive list it is! I'm particularly excited because this year I've actually read/heard/seen more than half of the nominees across the ballot, so I feel particularly informed. Not that I believe in the whole, "You have to have read/heard/seen everything in … Continue reading Ditmar Award Ballot Announced: Voting Now Open!
Back in January, when I wasn't blogging, one of my perpetually open tabs was this post by Jim C. Hines in which he attempted to reproduce the ways in which females are often posed on genre book covers. His conclusion was that: My sense is that most of these covers are supposed to convey strong, … Continue reading False Equivalence: An Amusing Illustration by Jim C. Hines
The nominees for this year's Shirley Jackson Awards has been announced and it's so wonderful see Australian author Deborah Biancotti make the list for her novella, "And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living", published in Ishar by Gilgamesh Press. Ishtar is a superb anthology featuring not only Deb's piece but also two other interwoven novellas by Kaaron … Continue reading Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced!
The latest episode of our podcast is now available for direct download and streaming from the website or via subscription from iTunes. Feedback is most welcome! Here are the show notes: On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond spend a little time talking about gender and reading in … Continue reading The Writer and the Critic: Episode 18