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Why the VIDA Count Matters

Why the VIDA Count Matters

The 2014 VIDA Count — released this week — showed that ‘women buy two-thirds of books sold but magazine reviews are centred on male authors and critics

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Do writers have to “write what they know?”

Do writers have to “write what they know?”

WRITERS ARE OFTEN ADVISED to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide […]

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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

IN 2014, I DECIDED THAT FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the “classics” — Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, […]

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What Should Children Read?

What Should Children Read?

Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point” and a New Yorker staff writer, told me how he prepared, years ago, to write his first “Talk of the Town” story. “Talk” articles have a distinct style, and he wanted to make sure he got the voice straight in his head before he began writing. His approach was simple. He sat down and read 100 “Talk” pieces, one after the other.

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