Why Women Authors Still Need the Orange Prize
Byline: Rosamund Urwin
THE judges of the Orange Prize deserve a little sympathy. If you are invited to arbitrate the Booker, you read a few million words and then weigh in on their relative merits. Job done, ego boosted, bank account back in the black ( just -- playing literary kingmaker isn't exactly lucrative work). But if asked to bestow the Orange Prize, you spend half your time trying to justify its very existence.
Tomorrow, the shortlist for the X-chromosomes-only award is out. The judges have had an impressive and eclectic mix to flip through this year -- from Room, Emma Donoghue's beautifully-crafted novel about a woman's imprisonment, to Karen Russell's …
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Publication information: Article title: Why Women Authors Still Need the Orange Prize. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: April 11, 2011. Page number: 15. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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