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Top 5 spring reading picks from off the beaten path

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Spring is the perfect time to get to know some new authors. If you’ve been keeping up with your BookTrib reading, you know that 2014 has been dubbed “The Year of Reading Women.” My run-down last month of five female authors everyone should read hopefully got you off to a good start, but what’s next? This month, we’ll go off the beaten path, highlighting a handful of new novels from small presses. Small  or “indie” presses—meaning those that are independently owned and operated outside of the control of a large conglomerate like Penguin/Random House or Simon & Schuster—are the place to go to find new, creative, and often experimental work. These presses operate on smaller budgets, and with lower expectations for…

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The Year of Reading Women came too late for Zelda Fitzgerald

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Siri Hustvedt’s newest novel, The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster, March 11) tells the story of a frustrated artist, Harriet (“Harry”) Burden, who presents a series of exhibits of her own work under the names of three male artists in an attempt to reveal the sexism inherent in the art world. There has of late been much attention focused on expanding the coverage and readership for women writers, and so Hustvedt’s theme of a female artist fighting for space and attention are certainly timely. 2014 has been declared the Year of Reading Women, after the hashtag #readwomen2014, started by Joanna Walsh, became part rallying cry and part celebration of the achievements of women writers. Walsh explains that she launched the project in part as a response…

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