3.29.2011

Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition

Alison Bechdel

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Let me start by saying I don't read as many under-the-radar authors as I should. The majority of authors that I do read have already received a lot of recognition and are known world-wide. So, I am going to highlight a list of authors that you may not have heard of, or you have heard of in passing but have yet to read any of their works.

1. Alison Bechdel: Cartoonist and author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, check out Fun Home

2. Simon Rich: The youngest writer ever hired on SNL, check out Free-Range Chickens

3. Ella Hepworth Dixon: British Victorian author, check out The Story of the Modern Woman.

4. Denise Duhamel: An American poet with a feminist take, check out Kinky

5. Nella Larson: Author of the Harlem Renaissance, check out Passing

6. David Malouf: Australian novelist, short story writer and playwrite, check out Remembering Babylon

7. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum: Named one of the top 20 authors under 40 by The New Yorker, check out Ms. Hemple Chronicles

8. Merle Hodge: Caribean author, check out Crick Crack Monkey

9. Leila Ahmed: Egyptian American writer on Islamic feminism, check out A Border Passage

10. Fran├žoise Sagan: You can learn about her from my post Fran├žoise Sagan, My New Favorite that I wrote back in July. Check out Bonjour Tristesse

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on making it to 10! I couldn't even come close. Some good names on here I'll need to check out!

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  2. LOVE Fun Home! Alison Bechdel is a fantastic writer. At my other blog, Gender Across Borders, we interviewed her last year--http://www.genderacrossborders.com/2010/02/23/a-conversation-with-alison-bechdel/.

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  3. I'm unfamiliar with many of these. So you've not only expressed your need to read more, but helped me realize that I should be doing the same. Great list!

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  4. That's ten I had no idea even existed! Good work!

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  5. Red, I put some serious thought into this one since its a top ten Tuesday that can actually benefit under-appreciated writers - I had to dig deep into my past reads and I'm happy with the list I made.

    eatthebooks, Yay for Bechdel! She is fantastic. It sounds like she is working on her next book Love Life: A Case Study, according to Wikipedia.

    Beth, I know I should really get back to reading some of these lesser known authors that I used to just magically come across.

    Ben, Score!

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  6. I agree on Malouf and Bechdel, Brenna.

    And Rich, Larson, and Ahmed will go into my library/Amazon hoppers tonight!

    Thank you, Brenna, for being so well read!

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  7. Laurie, Glad you hear you are going to check out those authors! Simon Rich is hilarious, Larson is terrific and Ahmed tells a great story.

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  8. I've just added A Boarder Passage to my wishlist. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  9. I have heard of many of these, but haven't read many. I did consider Nella Larsen for my list. Thanks for helping me to expand my neverending wishlist.

    Check out my post here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-check-um-out.html

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  10. Loni, Good to hear!

    LBC, I can relate to a never-ending wishlist.

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