Spinfifex Press blog has posted an article by about the Global Women of Color and the Giveaway they are doing. Check it out. http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/
And be sure to leave your review of a Global Women of Color book so that you can win one of their books.
1. Toni Morrison, African American, perhaps America’s greatest living writer. Author of many novels. Her first, The Bluest Eye, is a good introduction to her work.
2. Shin Kyung-Sook, Korean author of Please Look After Mother, the 2012 winner of the Asia Man Literary Award.
3. Louise Erdrich, Native American author of a group of novels about the past and present of her Ojibwa people. Her latest book, Round House, won the National Book Award in the USA.
4. Alexis Wright, Indigenous Australian author of Carpentaria, written in the sweeping language and legends of her tradition and of her more conventional Plains of Promise.
5. Edwidge Danticat, Haitian American, who writes of the experiences of the people of Haiti in books like Breath, Eyes, Memory.
6. Bapsi Sidhwa, Pakistani author whose novels, like Cracking India, express her perspective as a Parsi (Zoroastrian).
7. Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian author of Half a Yellow Sun and other novels, which tell of people involve in her nation’s post-independence struggles.
8. Helen Oyeyemi, British and Nigerian author who writes speculative fiction about immigration and identity including Icarus Daughter and Opposite House.
9. Suniti Namjoshi, Indian writer of fables and other imaginative writings such as Feminist Fables.
10.Sandra Cisneros, Chicana, writes of the experiences of Mexicans growing up in the United States in Carmelo and shorter works.
11.Gloria Anzaldúa, Chicana, draws on her childhood in South Texas, on the border between Mexico and the USA, to create a statement of what it means to be a “New Mestiza” who spans cultures in her Borderlands.
12.Marie NDiaye, a French writer of Africa descent who writes of women’s hardships in intense novels like Rosie Carpe and Three Strong Women.
13.Elizabeth Nunez, from Trinidad, she writes novels of the Carribean and of Africa including Prospero’s Daughter.
14.Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian who has written of Muslim women in her personal memoir, Border Crossing, and her scholarly history, Women and Gender in Islam.
As I tried to suggest what each of these authors have written in a sentence or two, I realized how they deal with similar themes; the stories of their own people, immigration, identity, and spanning the gulfs between cultures. And all write sensitively about a variety of women.
We are beginning to get reviews listed so that we can know what others are reading and what they think about what they have read. And the ones listed look great. Teresa reviews fascinating-sounding books from Cuba and Mauritius (an island in the Indian Ocean.) Eva reports on a book by one of her favorite authors set in “an unnamed African country.” Olduvai writes about a difficult and tragic novel linking Senegal and France. Writereaderly recommends a novel/movie from Mongolia. I have added my reviews of novels from India and Sudan/England. I have also added a review that is relevant for this blog that I read on another blog—something I will do from time to time. Check out the reviews.
All of you who have listed your reviews are now eligible for one of the books in the Spinifex Book Giveaway next month. I hope more of you send in reviews and make yourselves eligible also.
I have a copy of Rosie Carpe, by Marie NDiaye, in the original French. I ordered it used, but untouched, naively assuming it would be in English. I’d be willing to give it away tor swap it to any of you who read French and would like it. Depending on how far away from Texas you live, I’d like some help with international postage. Another example of how easy it is to forget what the rest of the world is really like.
I have filled in the names of the writers on the GWC header as people have identified them. You can check that post. I have discovered that you will to find earlier posts in the archives once a post is removed from the home page.
Spinifex Press is offering five books by women of color to those participating in the Global Women of Color Blog/Challenge. They are a feminist publishing company located in Australia. They specialize in publishing diverse books.
These are hard-copy books, and Spinifex will send them anywhere in the world.
To be eligible, read and review a book by a woman of color and include information about it on the GWC site. Winners will be drawn from this group.
Drawing will take place the end of February.
Books will be chosen from the following list. You can read about them at the Spinifex website. http://www.spinifexpress.com.au
• ‘If Passion Were A Flower’ by Lariane Fonseca
• ‘A Daughter of Isis’ and ‘Walking Through Fire’ by Nawal El Saadawi
• ‘Ao Toa: Earth Warriors’ by Cathie Dunsford
• ‘Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines’ by Judy Atkinson
• ‘Moebius Trip: Digressions From India’s Highways’ by Giti Thadani
• ‘The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from around the World’ by Munya Andrews
• ‘Kick the Tin’ by Doris Kartinyeri
• ‘The Fabulous Feminist’ by Suniti Namjoshi
• ‘A Bit of Difference’ by Sefi Atta
• ‘Far and Beyon’’ by Unity Dow
• ‘Another Year in Africa’ by Rose Zwi
Can you name the writers pictured on the global women of color website? How many of their books have you read?
Some of the writers’ photo have been identified. What about the others?
1. Toni Morrison
2. Shin Kyung-sook
3. Louise Erdrich
5. Edwidge Dandicat
7. Chimamanda Adichie
8. Helen Oyeyemi
9. Suniti Namjoshi
12. Marie NDiaye
13. Elizabeth Nunez
14. Leila Ahmed
Eva is hosting the discussion of Feminism without Borders, by Chandra Mohanty on the Feminist Classics blog this month. The book is dense and academic, but it is also insightful about how we can transcend our global differences. Mohanty was raised in post-Independence Bombay and ready to push her readers with some new perspectives. Do read it if you can handle that type of writing. All are welcome to the discussion, whether or not you have read the book. Eva has given us provocative questions from the reading to think about. http://feministclassics.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/feminism-without-borders-time-to-start-reading/
Several of you have contributed some great lists of books you propose to read. If anyone is still looking for suggestions, look them over.
The form for entering reviews about books by Global Women of Color is up and ready. Be sure to scroll down and push the SUBMIT button to get your review on the spreadsheet. I added a couple of reviews that I had received on my own blog that I considered important and relevant. I am eager to start hearing about what you are reading.
Finally I have found an image I liked of women of color reading. It and other fine images were created by Carmen Gracia, an artist from Valencia, Spain. She was kind enough to let me use it. You can see her wonderful art at http://carmengarciagordillo.com, http://m.pinterest.com/carmenga/my-work/, and at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KolorAzul
Feel free to copy the image and add it to your own blog. Instruction are on the “Button” page.
My search for an image for the button was eye-opening. Part of the problem was the images I found and liked best were all under copyright and I couldn’t afford them. More disturbing was the scarcity of images of women of color. I have recently discovered all the images available online, especially the delightful ones of women reading. But when I really looked, they were stereotypically white women who read. In fact the overwhelming majority of all the images were of white women. The “mixed ethnicity” images usually included a blonde. Black women who were depicted were generally overly sexy or professional or very young.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. I had a visceral sensation of what it might be like to be a woman of color in an overly white world. I was more glad than ever that I am doing this blog to try and change that dynamic in a small way by making their writing more visible.