Thursday, September 07, 2006

Q&A with THIS IS CHICK LIT authors!

Join TKA's own Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Gena Showalter, Cara Lockwood and other contributors to the THIS IS CHICK LIT anthology as they discuss the genre, how it's evolving, and the recent THIS IS CHICK LIT/THIS IS NOT CHICK LIT controversy, Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 10, for a Q&A at Romance Divas.

Here's a brief description of the book that's been all over the news recently:

From Booklist:

Although chick lit is immensely popular with readers, it is largely ignored by literary critics and maligned by more serious female authors, such as contributors to THIS IS NOT CHICK LIT, a forthcoming short story collection. Chick lit authors fight back with this collection of stories by women writers proud to wear the chick lit label. In her introduction, Baratz-Logsted [see page 46 for her most recent novel] explains that she invited chick lit authors to prove how varied, insightful, and, yes, entertaining the genre can be. Each author prefaces her story with her own personal defense of chick lit, and the collection ends with a bibliography of titles outside the genre these authors recommend. For the most part, the anthology succeeds at showing the diverse range of authors, characters, and plots that now fall under the chick lit umbrella, including a surreal tale about a woman who goes in for a simple medical treatment and comes out with a third eye, and a poignant story about a young mother's fantasies after her twins' birth. Chick lit devotees will appreciate discovering new authors, and the uninitiated will be pleasantly surprised. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Book Description:
The genre of fiction known as "chick lit" has been a lightning rod for debate in the world of literature, raising questions such as Is chick lit really literature or just harmless fluff? Is this really an accurate portrayal of the lives of modern women? Eighteen renowned authors—including Jennifer Coburn, Raelynn Hillhouse, Harley Jane Kozak, Cara Lockwood, and Rachel Pine—weigh in with the best of chick lit—proving that this genre deserves as much, or more, respect as any other. In addition to their story, each author elaborates on her feelings about the 'chick lit' label, and recommends literary fiction writers that have inspired them.


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