Elizabeth Lhuede at Australian Women Writers has issued a marvellous challenge for 2012, encouraging readers to celebrate a year of Aussie women's writing. She's aiming to combat mainstream male-oriented gender bias by actively promoting the awesomeness of our local authoresses. The idea is to read and review as many female authored books as possible in the lead up to the inaugural Stella Prize.
The challenge runs from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. You can choose from just one genre or dabble in a few and you can read three, six or ten books (or many more if you so choose), reviewing along the way.
Looking back at my reads of late, I was stoked to discover that four of them were written by Australian women and, quite subconsciously, non-fiction dominated. I won't stick to a single genre though in my aim to polish off ten books and review a third of them. The locals on my wish list who'll be bumped straight to the top include Tara Moss, Helen Garner and Geraldine Brooks. Heaps of other fabulous females will undoubtedly distract me along the way. I still haven't read Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch - what a great excuse to do so.
While I'm at it, I'll read more books by women everywhere. I'm very excited about all three parts of Janet Frame's autobiography (I recently picked it up at a second hand book shop in New Zealand), and Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman is still sitting on the pile, despite being recommended it months ago. Jane Austen and George Eliot will feature too.
What a great opportunity to get amongst. I'll post my reviews throughout the year.