Just a few months after its relocation to Sheffield, the publishing house And Other Stories made another bold move by committing to publish only books by women in 2018.
With a national and global reputation for challenging and shamelessly literary fiction, And Other Stories books have been awarded and shortlisted for many prizes, including the Man Booker for Deborah Levy’s 2012 Swimming Home, the Costa Short Story Award and The Guardian First Book Award.
With a disproportionate number of men still receiving literary prizes, the team behind the small publishing house hopes that their year of publishing women will make a contribution to addressing this inequality.
As an extension of this commitment, and inspired by their writer Joanna Walsh’s Twitter campaign #ReadWomen, they are also launching a book group dedicated to some of the
most extraordinary recently-published literary fiction by women.
Everyone is welcome, and the first book is former Fargate From The Madding Crowd read of the fortnight, Worlds From The Word’s End by Joanna Walsh. And Other Stories titles will be alternated with a range of other books by women - think Leonora Carrington, Jessie Greengrass, Nawal El Saadawi and Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay.
The publisher also wants to make it easier for book groups far and wide to get involved, and will be offering three titles by women, Worlds from the Word’s End, and also Ann Quin’s The Unmapped Country and Alicia Kopf’s Brother in Ice, at a discount on their website.
The first ‘Reading Women’ session will take place at Sheffield Central Library at 1pm on 3 April.