Devil Wears Prada Sceenwriter to Adapt 'Jane Eyre' Graphic Novel

Aline Brosh McKenna is onboard to write the film adaptation of Rochester, an unreleased graphic novel that's a modern retelling of Jane Eyre. Fox 2000 acquired the rights in a deal worth the "low seven figures". Yowza, that's a whole lot of orphan porridge! » 6/26/13 9:50am 6/26/13 9:50am

Why Won't ASME Recognize Women Writers?

Curious what the founders of "The Count," which tallies the number of women who get published in top literary magazines (spoiler: not many), think of the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists? Although four women were nominated in the Public Interest category, there are no ladies to be found in prestigious… » 4/04/12 6:45pm 4/04/12 6:45pm

Women Dominate List Of National Book Award Finalists

Last week the National Book Foundation announced its "5 Under 35," four of whom were women. Now it's announced the finalists for the prestigious National Book Award — and these include a lot of ladies too. » 10/12/11 5:40pm 10/12/11 5:40pm

Why So Few Women Are Writing For Television

There was a dramatic drop in the number of female writers in the last television season, and AOLtv's Maureen Ryan asked a few people high in the ranks — men too — why that happened. The answers will depress you! » 9/09/11 5:00pm 9/09/11 5:00pm

Male Novelist Can Always Spot Female Writers By How Much They Suck

Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul has helpfully explained why women will never be great writers like him. It's because they're not "masters of a house." » 6/02/11 6:50pm 6/02/11 6:50pm

Women Writers Discuss Their Female Heroes

In honor of Women's History Month, eight women writers — including Alice Hoffman, Lucy Coates, and Caroline Leavitt — wax poetic on the women who've inspired them. » 3/19/11 6:30pm 3/19/11 6:30pm

New Yorker Boycotted For Lack of Female Writers

Anne Hays noticed that the two most recent issues of the New Yorker featured almost exclusively essays and reporting by male writers. So she's returned those copies to the magazine, accompanied by a blistering open letter to the editors. » 1/03/11 4:11pm 1/03/11 4:11pm

Rumpus Women, Vol. I Is Now On Our Christmas List

Wonderful website The Rumpus needed a good, brand-new book by a woman writer for its book club, but couldn't find one. So it commissioned a book of essays by some of its women contributors, including Michelle Tea and Michelle Orange. » 12/02/10 5:48pm 12/02/10 5:48pm

National Book Awards Are Pleasantly Lady-Centric

The National Book Award finalists were just announced, and four of the five in fiction are women. Four of the National Book Foundations "5 under 35" are ladies too — maybe all that Franzenfreude is having an effect? » 10/13/10 4:00pm 10/13/10 4:00pm

"5 Under 35" Includes Four Literary Ladies

Four of the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" for 2010 are women (including Tiphanie Yanique, pictured). The list is also includes several writers of color, and three who published their books with small presses. Kudos! » 10/05/10 3:09pm 10/05/10 3:09pm

Emily Gould And The Rejection Of Personal Growth

In And The Heart Says Whatever, Emily Gould set out to flout the traditions of many women's memoirs. Her book is the antithesis of personal growth narratives like Eat, Pray, Love — and she may like it that way. » 5/04/10 4:00pm 5/04/10 4:00pm

Women And Memoirs: When A Little Narcissism Is A Good Thing

Serial memoirist Mary Karr has a new book out, and in a Double X interview she shares some interesting insights about women's autobiographical writing — and some annoying shit about how much god likes her. » 11/03/09 1:00pm 11/03/09 1:00pm

Danticat & Diaz On Writing, Justice, And Being A "Nerd Of Color"

At their New Yorker Festival reading on Friday, Junot Diaz and recent MacArthur Genius Grant winner Edwidge Danticat talked about writing with kids, being marginalized as a "nerd of color," and why it's so hard to change the world. » 10/19/09 2:40pm 10/19/09 2:40pm

Sarah Vowell, Jon Stewart, And The Freedom Of The Bowl Haircut

It's pretty much standard operating procedure for male talk show hosts to compliment female guests on their looks. But in his interview with Sarah Vowell last night, Jon Stewart took another tack — and it was pretty adorable. » 10/06/09 12:40pm 10/06/09 12:40pm

As if penning the original -and still best - piece of publishing chick-lit ever, The Best of Everything » 9/04/08 5:20pm 9/04/08 5:20pm, wasn't enough, the late created a foundation that annually hands out grants of $25,000 to "women writers of talent and promise in the early stages of their writing careers." This year, the prize went to a poet,…

For Better Or Worse, Maureen Dowd, Peggy Noonan Speak For Us All

Do you like Maureen Dowd? Do you think she accurately represents your views or, even, some views of women other than your own? How about Peggy Noonan? Not so much, huh? Well, you're going to be hard-pressed to find other women on your Op-Ed pages, according to a new study from Rutgers University, which shows that… » 6/24/08 3:30pm 6/24/08 3:30pm

Salon Offers A Last, Well-Put Word On A Week Of Women Writers

"We are mired in a repetitious pattern of hate, jealousy and resentment toward those who are plucked by media powers and come to stand — however inefficiently — for the rest of us in the cultural imagination, securing the top spots, the best exposure, the prime media real estate in exchange for opening veins of… » 5/29/08 1:30pm 5/29/08 1:30pm

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