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aneka
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posted 07 March 2008 09:44 AM      Profile for aneka     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In honour of International Women's Day, what are some of your favourite female authors? Classics, chick lit, feminist writing, sci fi, comedy - you name it.
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Ghislaine
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posted 07 March 2008 09:51 AM      Profile for Ghislaine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love Charlotte Bronte (classic), Sappho (very classic).

Has anyone ever read Naomi James' At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World? She was the first woman to sail around the world alone and it is her auto-biography. Highly-recommended.


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martin dufresne
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posted 07 March 2008 10:59 AM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Beryl Bainbridge is a British author that seems little-known in Canada. I love her novels.
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WendyL
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posted 07 March 2008 11:25 AM      Profile for WendyL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love women's autobiographies/biographies so, thanks for that reference to Naomi James. My favourite thus far is Emma Goldman's Living My Life -- in two volumes yet, 'cause she did a lot of living! Thanks be to Emma! Another favourite writer is Nawal El Saadawi.
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kimi
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posted 07 March 2008 05:15 PM      Profile for kimi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Agnes Smedley, Daughter of Earth !
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Michelle
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posted 08 March 2008 03:24 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lucy Maud Montgomery (who was somewhat progressive on women's issues for her time)

Margaret Atwood (hit and miss for me depending on the book, but The Edible Woman will always be one of my favorite books)

Kathy Reichs (I've only read a couple of her books, always mean to read more - love crime mysteries!)

Karyn Bosnak (of "Save Karyn" fame - definitely chick lit, but lots of fun)

Judy MacDonald (loved Jane - creeeeepy!)

Judy Rebick (enjoying "Imagine Democracy" now that I'm finally getting around to reading it, after going through a total slump when it comes to non-fiction)


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rural - Francesca
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posted 08 March 2008 03:27 AM      Profile for rural - Francesca   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Katy Riechs

Faye Kellerman

Attwood - as Michelle said - on a case by case basis


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The Wizard of Socialism
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posted 08 March 2008 03:45 AM      Profile for The Wizard of Socialism   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dorothy Catherine (D.C.) Fontana.

For those of you who don't know, Fontana was a writer who wrote several classic Star Trek: TOS episodes such as "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Friday's Child", "Journey To Babel", and "The Enterprise Incident." She used her initials instead of her first name because in the sixties, women sci-fi writers weren't generally accepted. For those of you who aren't true believers, she also wrote for The Six Million Dollar Man, Earth: The Final Conflict, The Transformers, Dallas and several others.


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unionist
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posted 08 March 2008 03:51 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just thought I'd wish everyone a happy International Women's Day. May the coming year bring more victories for women's rights and equality, and no more erosion of past gains.
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remind
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posted 08 March 2008 07:38 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you unionist, your sentiments are much appreciated.

My fav women authors are:

Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila.

Ann Cameron, Taylor Caldwell, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Jean M. Aul, and Kathleen O'Neal Gear.

And today, in honour of IWD, I am starting Reconcilliation, by Benazir Bhutto. Bought it last evening can't wait to start it.


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Stargazer
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posted 08 March 2008 07:48 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My favourite female authors are (in no particular order):

- Tama Janowitz
- Bronte sisters
- Taylor Caldwell (I just bought 12 of her books, used)
- Dorothy Allison
- Kathy Acker
- Naomi Klein
- Ann Cameron
- Naomi Wolfe
- Helen Fielding
- Margaret Atwood


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remind
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posted 08 March 2008 07:54 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, I forgot Naomi Klein, thanks Stargazer.

What a prolific writer Caldwell was, eh?! Romance of Atlantis was my favorite followed by Captain and Kings and then Dialogues With the Devil.


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Stargazer
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posted 08 March 2008 08:00 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Caldwell is amazing. I set out to buy all her books (I read a lot of them when I was a teenager) but found out she has written far too many for me to buy.

I got hooked on her with Wicked Angel, then moved on to Captain and the Kings and Answer As A Man. She has a pretty decent profile on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Caldwell


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remind
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Oh, weird, I forgot about Answer as a Man, I have a box of books of hers (issues with hoarding books) that I must find and reread and then give away. I gave a few to my daughter but other than Cicero and Romance of Atlantis she never got into them.
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laine lowe
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posted 08 March 2008 10:10 PM      Profile for laine lowe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I will always owe a great deal of gratitude to Marilyn French. Reading her novel, The Women's Room when I was barely out of high school opened my eyes and my world.

There are countless of fantastic women writers already noted in this thread. I just want to add one up and coming artist that I admire greatly, Heather O'Neil.


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