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Women's Literature vs. Chick Lit

Apr.23.2013

An author-panel discussion with bestselling authors Jane Smiley, Ellen Sussman and Janis Cooke Newman.

What exactly is Chick Lit? And why do serious authors dread the label? If women's fiction tends to be about matters of the heart (home, relationships, family) couldn't all women's literature be labeled "chick lit?" And who cares about labels anyway if they help sell books?

Wading into the controversy this evening will be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), New York Times bestselling novelist Ellen Sussman (French Lessons), and Los Angeles Times book prize finalist Janis Cooke Newman (Mary). The panel will be moderated by Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl.

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Comments from Jane

May.24.2008 - 11:03 am
In response to: Interview with Carrie Fisher
i saw carrie's show and wondered if her wit and humor had to be script-written, but hearing her off the cuff with you...
Apr.26.2008 - 4:02 pm
In response to: The highs and lows of book tour
bellle - i have a long ways to go before 'the young' will look at me with the same glow they have for you when you read...
Feb.19.2008 - 3:06 pm
In response to: Aidez Moi
this video is an absolute scream - i've watched it five times now and laugh just as hard each time. dogs: so useful in...
Jan.29.2008 - 2:08 pm
In response to: Shameless huckstering
It's wonderful to hear from other authors who totally GET IT - that self-promotion is a weird duck. One that we're...
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In response to: The Pregnancy Diaries 2008: I'm Pregnant! What?!?
Shaun - I'm so thrilled for you. Who'd have thought that last March when we did The Vagina Monologues together that you...

Published Reviews

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"Ganahl is at her best when she embraces the very real and understandable contradictions inherent in being an unmarried, unattached, older woman. 'Who am I kidding? No matter how...