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WILLA Objects to Literary List

Marvin_Author_Photo_Frag.jpgThis month, Publishers Weekly unveiled a series of Best Books of 2009 lists, and the “Top Ten” list did not include any books by women authors.

Cate Marvin (pictured, via), a writer and co-founder Women In Letters And Literary Arts (WILLA), objected in a statement: “The absence made me nearly speechless … It continues to surprise me that literary editors are so comfortable with their bias toward male writing, despite the great and obvious contributions that women authors make to our contemporary literary culture.”

Founded in August, the group has already gained more than 5,400 Facebook members, including authors, journalists, and scholars. In response to the rankings, WILLA has created a wiki-list: “Great Books By Women That Publishers Weekly Missed In 2009.” The growing site is already full of suggestions–what do you think?

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