This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost, new from Park Row Books.
The Women’s Prize For Fiction Longlist
The UK Prize celebrating excellence, originality, and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world announced the 2018 longlist on International Women’s Day. The 16 longlisted fiction titles include The Idiot by Elif Batuman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, and, not missing a beat, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Look for the shortlist on April 23.
New York Times Launches Overlooked With Overdue Obituaries For 15 Women
The section will feature new obituaries for those “who left indelible marks but were nonetheless overlooked.” Writers like Ida B. Wells who reported on lynchings in the Deep South, feminist poet Qiu Jin, Sylvia Plath, and Nella Larsen were included in the list of 15 “overlooked” women highlighted in the kickoff piece. White men have historically claimed the majority of the Times’ obituary space, and just over one in five of its subjects were female in the last two years.
Watch The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Teaser
Hulu released the teaser trailer for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Count on being disturbed. Elisabeth Moss returns as one of the handmaids in the dystopian society of Gilead for the television series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel. The first season won two Golden Globes. Season 2 premieres April 25 on Hulu.