Peter was commenting on the fact that the "Orange Prize for Fiction, an annual British award given to the best novel of the year by a woman." He seemed to think that sort of pro-activism was a bit dated.
His research came up with the following:
- Nobel Prize for Literature: 5 of the last 20 were women
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: 7 of the last 20
National Book Award for Fiction: 7 of the last 20
Man Booker Prize for Fiction: 5 of the last 20
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction: 7 of the last 20
Anyway, I've created a poll (see the right hand column) titled Of the last 5 books you read, how many authors were female?
Just check your last 5 books. I had a bit of a quandary because one of my last "authors" is a mother and son team, so I counted them in my numbers.
I'll run the poll for a week, and then report back.
What about you, do you look for books by women?
Dop you think there should be prizes based on gender? Are there any specific prizes for male writers or do you think some genres exclude women anyway?