My reading list for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction portion of my “A Sense of a Prize” reading project.
The Man Booker Prize reading list for my "A Sense of a Prize" project.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Baileys announced the Longlist for their 2017 prize earlier this month. There has been quite a buzz online regarding which books were chosen, which were noticeably omitted, etc. And this all got me thinking about the nature of book prizes in general, their position in the literary world and their presence in literary conversations, especially on Booktube.
'Even as we collect, we often intentionally mangle the specifics to fit a different reality (called by some noble elites, "writing fiction").'
When I struggle for inspiration, I often turn to the words that have come before me for wisdom and perspective.
"How have I let something so objectively inane take control of whether or not I am making things?"
"What I didn't understand is that we are not at war with life -- no, we are instead at war with ourselves, which is far more complicated and requires a great deal more strategy."
"Somewhere down the line, I convinced myself that I either didn't want those things anymore or that I had missed my opportunity to chase my passions. Both of those are lies."