Women Writers: Reading List

I originally compiled this list for the 2018 Women Writers Bingo, but decided to undust it and continue using it for my Around the World in 80 Books, Mostly by Female Authors project.

Basically this is an extract from my bookshelves (both TBR and read — “read” where I’ve already read other books by the same author and am interested in further exploring her work). Further authors are added on an ongoing basis as they come to my notice.  This ought to keep me busy for the next couple of years, I think …

(Note: I’m tracking the precise reading year only from 2018 onward, and only authors read from 2018 onward are crossed out / checked off.  Rereads count as “read” in the year of the reread for purposes of this list.  Authors who write under several pen names are added to the list under all names, with a note as to their alias(es).)

 

 

A

  • Marguerite Abouet
  • Iris Abraham
  • Gabriela Adameșteanu
  • Alice Adams
  • Sandra Adell
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Renee Ahdieh – 2019
  • Mouna-Hodan Ahmed
  • Deborah S. Akers
  • Leila al-Atrash
  • Nujoom Al-Ghanem
  • Mayy Al Khalifa
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Louisa May Alcott – prior to 2018
  • Tasha Alexander
  • Svetlana Alexievich
  • Jokha Alharthi
  • Samina Ali
  • Isabel Allende – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Lauren K. Alleyne
  • Margery Allingham – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Rajaa Alsanea
  • Mia Alvar – 2020
  • Julia Alvarez – 2019
  • Vicky Alvear Shecter
  • Anita Amirrezvani – 2020
  • Tahmima Anam
  • Jessica Anderson
  • Ingrid Andreas
  • Neshani Andreas
  • Donna Andrews – 2018 and prior, 2019
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Li Ang
  • Andrea Angeli
  • Maya Angelou
  • Nathacha Appanah
  • Monica Arac de Nyeko
  • Jean Arasanayagam
  • Hannah Arendt – prior to 2018
  • Elizabeth von Arnim – 2018 and prior
  • Emily Arnold McCully
  • Maureen Ash
  • Frances Ashcroft
  • Mary Astell
  • Thea Astley
  • Diana Athill
  • Kate Atkinson
  • Margaret Atwood – 2018 and prior, 2019
  • Phoebe Atwood Taylor
  • Jane Austen – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Fatma Aydemir

 

B

  • Natalie Babbitt
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Beryl Bainbridge – prior to 2018
  • Doreen Baingana
  • Milka Bajić-Poderegin
  • Sarah Bakewell – 2019
  • Asja Bakic
  • Pamela Ball
  • Sandra Balzo
  • Ellen Banda-Aaku
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi – 2019
  • Banine – 2019
  • Marjorie Barber – 2020
  • Muriel Barbery
  • Pat Barker
  • Djuna Barnes
  • Linda Barnes
  • Nevada Barr – 2019
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning – prior to 2018
  • Violet Barungi
  • Bani Basu
  • Natalie Baszile
  • Vicki Baum
  • Mary Beard
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Zdenka Becker
  • Ilene Beckerman
  • Lillian Beckwith
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe – prior to 2018
  • Aphra Behn
  • Lauren Belfer
  • Gertrude Bell – 2019
  • Josephine Bell
  • Gioconda Belli – prior to 2018
  • Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Margot Bennet
  • Isabelle Berrubey
  • Barbara Beuys – prior to 2018
  • Calixthe Beyala
  • Piyali Bhattacharya
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • Ruth Binney
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Holly Black
  • Julia Blackburn
  • Victoria Blake
  • Moonyeen Blakey
  • Lesley Blanch
  • Sophie Blanchy
  • Nina Blazon – 2019
  • Karen (Tania) Blixen (Isak Dinesen) – prior to 2018
  • Judy Blume
  • Enid Blyton – prior to 2018
  • Tracy Borman
  • Phyllis Bottome – 2018
  • Nora Bossong
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Marjorie Bowen – 2018 and prior
  • Dorothy Bowers
  • Caryl Brahms
  • Pamela Branch
  • Christianna Brand – 2020
  • Charlotte Brontë – prior to 2018
  • Emily Brontë – prior to 2018
  • Anne Brontë – 2018 and prior
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Nancy Marie Brown
  • Pearl S. Buck – prior to 2018
  • Julia Bührle-Nowikowa
  • Thi Bui
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Jan Burke
  • Fanny Burney
  • Anna Burns
  • Jessie Burton
  • Margaret Busby
  • Stephanie Butland
  • A.S. Byatt – prior to 2018, 2020

 

C

  • Adèle Caby-Livannah
  • Lucy Caldwell
  • Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • Trudi Canavan – 2019
  • Dorothy Canfield
  • Joanna Cannan
  • Charity Cannon Willard
  • Peggy Caravantes
  • Marie Magdeleine Carbet
  • Susan Carlile
  • Angela Carter – 2018
  • Miranda Carter
  • Vera Caspary
  • Helen Castor – prior to 2018
  • Willa Cather – prior to 2018
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Eleanor Catton – prior to 2018
  • Elizabeth Chadwick
  • S.A. Chakraborty
  • Saumitra Chakravarty
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Eileen Chang
  • Roz Chast
  • Suzanne Chazin
  • Andrée Chedid
  • Ruoxi Chen
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Marjorie Chibnall
  • Miriam Ching Yoon Louie
  • Laura Childs
  • Paulina Chiziane
  • Zen Cho – 2019
  • Kunzang Choden
  • Kate Chopin – prior to 2018
  • Agatha Christie – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Chu T’ien-hsin
  • Rin Chupeco
  • Marchette Chute
  • Sandra Cisneros – prior to 2018
  • Eleanor Clark
  • Susanna Clarke – prior to 2018
  • Ann Cleeves – 2019
  • Barbara Cleverly – 2020
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton
  • Colette
  • Lindsey Collen
  • Merle Collins
  • Sara Collins – 2019
  • Louise Collis
  • Maryse Condé
  • Jill Ker Conway
  • Lesley Cookman – 2019
  • Kara Cooney
  • Artemis Cooper
  • Helene Cooper
  • Ann Cornelisen
  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire
  • Petra Couvee – 2018
  • Hannah Crafts
  • Charlie Craggs
  • Marie Curie
  • Eve Curie
  • Helen Czerski – 2018

 

D

  • Elizabeth Daly
  • Clemence Dane – 2020
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Britta Das
  • Alexandra David-Neel – prior to 2018
  • Diane Mott Davidson
  • Robyn Davidson
  • Belva Davis
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Margaret Leslie Davis
  • Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Dorothy Day
  • Jennifer De
  • Amalia Decker Márquez
  • Charlotte DeCroes
  • E.M. Delafield – 2020
  • Barbara Demick
  • Anita Desai
  • Ananda Devi
  • Ashapurna Devi
  • Argentina Diaz Lozano
  • Emily Dickinson – prior to 2018
  • E.M. Delafield
  • Argentina Diaz Lozano
  • Joan Didion
  • Annie Dillard
  • Lidija Dimkovska
  • Gail Dines
  • Isak Dinesen (Karen / Tania Blixen) – prior to 2018
  • Emma Donoghue – prior to 2018
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Susan Doran
  • Kirstin Downey
  • Ruth Downie
  • Evelyn Doyle
  • Margaret Drabble – 2018
  • Daphne Du Maurier – 2018 and prior
  • María Dueñas
  • Anis Duff
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Dorothy Dunnett – 2020
  • Nancy K Duplechain
  • Marguerite Duras – prior to 2018
  • Jane Dyer

 

E

  • Angela Eagle
  • Maria Edgeworth
  • Esi Edugyan – 2018
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Ellen Elias-Bursac
  • George Eliot – prior to 2018
  • Duong Van Mai Elliott
  • Joy Ellis – 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Katrina Engberg 2019
  • Anne Enright
  • Nora Ephron – prior to 2018
  • Louise Erdrich – 2019
  • Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Margaret Erskine
  • María Amparo Escandón
  • Iraj Esmaely
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Jennifer Estep – 2019
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Bernardine Evaristo – 2020

 

F

  • Anne Fadiman – 2020
  • Lygia Fagundes Telles
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Jerrilyn Farmer
  • Tarfia Faizullah
  • Fadia Faqir
  • Zora Feilo
  • Elena Ferrante
  • America Ferrera
  • Elizabeth Ferrars – 2019
  • Rosario Ferré – 2019
  • Helen Fielding – prior to 2018
  • Sia Figiel
  • Erica Fischer
  • M.F.K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Louise Fitzhugh
  • Fannie Flagg – prior to 2018
  • Judith Flanders
  • Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Joanne Fluke – 2018
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Moderata Fonte – prior to 2018
  • Sarah Foot
  • Esther Forbes
  • Eleanor Ford
  • Amanda Foreman – prior to 2018
  • Karin Fossum – 2018
  • Aminatta Forna – 2019
  • Earlene Fowler
  • Janet Frame
  • Anne Frank – prior to 2018
  • Lois P. Frankel
  • Ariana Franklin
  • Miles Franklin
  • Antonia Fraser – prior to 2018
  • Caroline Fraser
  • Ru Freeman
  • Valentīna Freimane
  • Marilyn French – prior to 2018
  • Tana French – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Esther Freud
  • Lucy Fricke
  • Betty Friedan
  • Florence Frisbie
  • Alexandra Fuller – 2019
  • Margaret Fuller
  • Anna Funder

 

G

  • Diana Gabbaldon
  • Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) – 2018
  • Teresa Gallagher
  • Mavis Gallant
  • Janice Galloway
  • Patrícia Galvão
  • Petina Gappah
  • Helen Garner
  • Elizabeth Gaskell – 2018 and prior, 2019
  • Sylvia Geist
  • Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Elizabeth George – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Stella Gibbons – prior to 2018
  • Frances Gies
  • Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Beatrice Malleson, aka Anne Meredith) – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Natalia Ginzburg
  • Jo Glanville
  • Janet Gleeson
  • Kristin Gleeson
  • Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
  • Molly Gloss
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Carol Goodman
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Charlotte Gordon
  • Patricia Grace
  • Sue Grafton
  • Caroline Graham – prior to 2018
  • Katharine Graham
  • Tessa Gratton
  • Rachel Gratzfeld
  • Lucy Grealy
  • Anna Katharine Green – 2019
  • Joanne Greenberg
  • Kerry Greenwood – prior to 2018
  • Germaine Greer
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Susanna Gregory – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Kate Grenville
  • Aceituna Griffin
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Martha Grimes – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Sarah Gristwood
  • Lili Grün – 2020
  • Judith Guest
  • Esther Gumbs
  • Sujatha Gidla
  • Rosa Guy
  • Yaa Gyasi – 2020

 

H

  • Hahn Moo-Sook
  • Jeannette Haien
  • Claire Hajaj
  • Radclyffe Hall – 2018
  • Brigitte Hamann
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Denise Hamilton
  • Edith Hamilton – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Sheila Hancock
  • Helene Hanff
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Valerie Hansen
  • Nino Haratischwili
  • Kate Harding
  • Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Kathryn Harkup – 2018, 2020
  • Joanne Harris – 2019
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Mavis Doriel Hay – 2018 and prior
  • Eliza Haywood
  • Bessie Head
  • Vicki Hearne
  • Anne Hébert
  • Elke Heidenreich – prior to 2018
  • Sybilla Heinze
  • Lillian Hellman – prior to 2018
  • Kristien Hemmerechts
  • Amy Hempel
  • Sandra Hempel
  • Jennifer Morag Henderson
  • Cristina Henriquez
  • Christine Heppermann
  • Toeti Heraty
  • Claudia Hernandez
  • Georgette Heyer – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Célestine Hitiura Vaite
  • Joanna Hickson
  • Susan Higginbotham
  • Mary Higgins Clark – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Highsmith – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Hildegard von Bingen – prior to 2018
  • Susan Hill
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lisa Hilton
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Tami Hoag
  • Merle Hodge
  • Antonia Hodgson – prior to 2018
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett – prior to 2018
  • Alice Hoffman – 2020
  • Beatrice Hohenegger
  • Else Holmelund Minarik
  • Renate Holland-Moritz
  • Victoria Holt (Eleanor Hibbert, aka Jean Plaidy & Philippa Carr) – prior to 2018
  • Winifred Holtby – 2019
  • Selina Hossain
  • Susan Howatch – 2018
  • Georgina Howell
  • Dorothy B. Hughes – 2019
  • Keri Hulme
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Siri Hustvedt
  • Elspeth Huxley
  • Hypathia of Alexandria

 

I

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – 2018
  • Susan Isaacs
  • Rada Iveković
  • Molly Ivins – prior to 2018

 

J

  • Kate Jackson
  • Shirley Jackson – prior to 2018
  • Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Jane Jacobs
  • Mila Jam
  • Miranda James
  • P.D. James – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • J.A. Jance – 2018
  • Tove Jansson
  • Lisa Jardine
  • Salma Khadra Jayyusi
  • Inge Jens
  • Ianthe Jerrold
  • Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Katherine (and Romilly) John
  • Marie-Elena John – 2020
  • Elizabeth Jolley
  • Erica Jong
  • Sushma Joshi
  • Morag Joss
  • Rachel Joyce
  • Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz – prior to 2018
  • Julian of Norwich

 

K

  • Frida Kahlo
  • Liz Kalaugher – 2019
  • Esther Kamatari
  • Madeleine Kamman
  • Lydia Kang
  • Parselelo Kantai
  • Musimbi Kanyoro
  • Mary Karooro Okurut
  • Mary Karr
  • Kapka Kassabova
  • Ellis Kaut – prior to 2018
  • M.M. Kaye – 2019
  • Hélène Kaziende
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Susanna Kearsley – 2018
  • Carolyn Keene
  • China Keitetsi
  • Helen Keller – prior to 2018
  • Faye Kellerman
  • Karen Kelly
  • Mary Kelly 2019
  • Margery Kempe
  • Sarah Kendzior
  • Christine Kenneally
  • Dorothy M. Kennedy
  • Hannah Kent
  • Porochista Khakpour
  • Dalal Khalifa
  • Jamaica Kincaid – 2020
  • Laurie R. King
  • Thelma B. Kintanar
  • Naomi Klein
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Leslie S. Klinger
  • Rosalie Knecht – 2018
  • Helen J. Knowles
  • Rachel Knowles
  • Nataliya Kobrynska
  • Clea Koff – 2019
  • E.L. Konigsburg
  • Anna Kordsaia-Samadaschwili
  • Elizabeth Kostova
  • Nicole Krauss
  • Ruth Krauss
  • Ellen Kushner
  • Nicole Kwan
  • Nestan Nene Kwinikadse
  • Aug San Suu Kyi

 

L

  • Marie Laberge
  • Camilla Läckberg
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • Mary Ladd Gavell
  • Carmen Laforet
  • Selma Lagerlöf – prior to 2018
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – prior to 2018
  • Laila Lalalami   2019
  • Lorna Landvik
  • Carolyne Larrington
  • Nella Larsen
  • Carole Lawrence – 2018
  • Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Ann Leckie – 2019
  • Penny Le Couteur
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Hyeonseo Lee – 2019
  • Laurie Lee
  • Lilian Lee
  • Michelle “Mush” Lee
  • Min Jin Lee – 2019
  • Tanith Lee
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Charlotte Lennox
  • Ulla Lenze
  • Donna Leon – prior to 2018
  • Jill Lepore
  • Betsy Lerner
  • Doris Lessing
  • Elizabeth Letts
  • Shirley Robin Letwin
  • Yanwing Leung
  • Laura Levine – 2018
  • Andrea Levy
  • Marina Lewycka
  • Amy Licence
  • Juliette Lichtenstein
  • Tai-man Lin
  • Astrid Lindgren – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Nashormeh Lindo
  • Joan Lindsay – 2019
  • Ewa Lipska
  • Leanda de Lisle
  • Clarice Lispector – 2019
  • Elizabeth Little
  • Ivy Litvinov
  • Guadalupe Loaeza
  • Norah Lofts
  • Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Mary S. Lovell – prior to 2018
  • Sarah Lovett – 2018
  • E.C.R. Lorac – 2018, 2019
  • Valeria Luiselli

 

M

  • Sharon Maas – prior to 2018
  • Cynthia Mac Leod
  • Greer Macallister
  • Hilary Macaskill
  • Helen MacInnes – 2018
  • Margaret MacMillan
  • Rose Macaulay
  • Betty MacDonald
  • Okky Madasari
  • Karen Maitland – prior to 2018
  • Eve Makis – 2020
  • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Alexandra Malala
  • Janet Malcolm
  • Lucy Beatrice Malleson (aka Anthony Gilbert & Anne Meredith) – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Nadezhda Mandelstam
  • Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
  • Sarah Manguso
  • Abby Mann
  • Erika Mann
  • Katia Mann – prior to 2018
  • Elisabeth Mann-Borghese
  • Olivia Manning – 2020
  • Katherine Mansfield – prior to 2018
  • Hilary Mantel – prior to 2018
  • J. Nozipo Maraire
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Beryl Markham – prior to 2018
  • Monika Maron
  • Ngaio Marsh – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Megan Marshall
  • Magali Nirina Marson
  • Sujata Massey
  • Maria Matios
  • Dalene Matthee
  • Francine Matthews – 2018
  • Doris Maurer
  • Aurélie Maurin
  • Margaret Mazzantini
  • Mari McAuliffe
  • Sarah McBride
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Susan Carol McCarthy
  • Helen McCloy
  • K.D. McCrite
  • Sharyn McCrumb – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Carson McCullers
  • Colleen McCullough – prior to 2018
  • Val McDermid – 2018 and prior, 2020
  • Alison McGhee
  • Jill McGown – 2018
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • Pat McIntosh – prior to 2018
  • Shirley McKay
  • Patricia McKillip – 2018
  • Paula McLain
  • Bethany McLean
  • Catherine Meadows
  • Leslie Meier – 2018
  • Lise Meitner
  • Francesca Melandri
  • Tamta Melaschwili
  • Rigoberta Menchú
  • Maaza Mengiste
  • María Rosa Menocal
  • Cecile Menon
  • Anne Meredith (Lucy Beatrice Malleson, aka Anthony Gilbert) – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Fatima Mernissi
  • Isabel Mesa de Inchauste
  • Claire Messud
  • Anne Michaels
  • Barbara Michaels (Barbara Mertz, aka Elizabeth Peters)
  • Rosalind Miles
  • Margaret Millar
  • Madeline Miller – 2019
  • Marja Mills
  • Anchee Min
  • Denise Mina – prior to 2018
  • Rupali Mishra
  • Gladys Mitchell – prior to 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Margaret Mitchell – prior to 2018
  • Jessica Mitford
  • Nancy Mitford
  • Miyuki Miyabe
  • Sarah Mkhonza
  • Nadifa Mohamed
  • Lília Momplé
  • Theresa Monsour
  • Rosa Montero
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery – prior to 2018
  • Anne-Marie-Louise D’Orleans Montpensier
  • C.L. (Catherine Lucile) Moore
  • Lorrie Moore
  • Susanna Moore
  • Wendy Moore – 2019
  • Elsa Morante
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 2019
  • Lorna Nicholl Morgan – 2019
  • Susan Morgan
  • Jan Morris
  • Toni Morrison – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Veronique Mortaigne
  • Toni Mount – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Moyes – 2020
  • Mpho ‘M’atsepo Nthunya
  • Hermynia Zur Mühlen
  • Bárbara Mujica
  • Scholastique Mukasonga
  • Herta Müller
  • Nayomi Munaweera
  • Alice Munro – prior to 2018
  • Lady Murasaki Shikubu
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Tamar Myers

 

N

  • Barbara Nadel
  • Nora Nadjarian
  • Azar Nafisi
  • Meera Nair
  • Elma Napier
  • Sylvia Nasar
  • Taslima Nasrin
  • Shizuko Natsuki – 2019
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Gloria Naylor
  • Irène Némirovsky – 2018
  • Katherine Neville
  • Virginia Nicholson
  • Anaïs Nin – prior to 2018
  • Ingrid Noll – prior to 2018
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Elizabeth Norton
  • Amélie Nothomb
  • Sara Novic
  • Mary Novik – prior to 2018
  • Naomi Novik – 2020
  • Frances Noyes Hart
  • María Nsue Angüe
  • Tiina Nunnally

 

O

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Michelle Obama – 2019
  • Tea Obreht – prior to 2018
  • Edna O’Brien – prior to 2018
  • Carol O’Connell
  • Flannery O’Connor – prior to 2018
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Nuala O’Faolain
  • Margaret A. Ogola
  • Sofi Oksanen – 2019
  • Tillie Olsen
  • Iris Origo
  • Susan Orlean – 2019
  • Margaret Oliphant
  • Emmuska Orczy – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Mary Orr
  • Anna Maria Ortese – prior to 2018
  • Perri O’Shaughnessy
  • Elsa Osorio – prior to 2018
  • Meta Osredkar
  • Isabel Ostrander
  • Delia Owens – 2019
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ruth Ozeki
  • Cynthia Ozick

 

P

  • Tina Packer
  • Sydney Padua
  • Elaine Pagels
  • Sara Paretsky – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Sandra Paretti – prior to 2018
  • He-ran Park
  • Park Wan-Suh
  • Dorothy Parker – prior to 2018
  • I.J. Parker
  • Teresa de la Parra
  • S.J. Parris – prior to 2018
  • Rachel Pastan
  • Ann Patchett – prior to 2018
  • Jill Paton Walsh
  • Renee Patrick
  • Olena Pchilka
  • Nancy Pearl
  • Diane Pearson
  • Maggie Pearson
  • Iva Pekárková
  • Sharon Kay Penman – prior to 2018
  • Stef Penney – 2019
  • Louise Penny – 2019
  • Andrea Penrose
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman – prior to 2018
  • Régine Pernoud
  • Anne Perry – 2018 and prior
  • Lakshmi Persaud
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels) – 2019
  • Kathryn Petras
  • Katja Petrowskaja
  • Alice Piciocchi
  • Nancy Pickard
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Hazel Pierce
  • Tamora Pierce – 2020
  • Marge Piercy
  • Christine de Pizan – prior to 2018
  • Markéta Pilátová
  • Jean Plaidy (Eleanor Hibbert, aka Victoria Holt & Philippa Carr) – prior to 2018
  • Sylvia Plath – prior to 2018
  • Margaret Pointer
  • Sarah B. Pomeroy
  • Elena Poniatowska
  • Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • Hannah Pool
  • Angelia Poon
  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • Linda Porter
  • Beatrix Potter – prior to 2018
  • Susan Power
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Helen Prejean – prior to 2018
  • Annie Proulx – prior to 2018
  • Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Barbara Pym – 2019
  • Hilary Pym

 

Q

  • Rachel de Queiroz
  • Amanda Quick
  • D.M. Quincy
  • Anna Quindlen – 2018 and prior
  • Qiu Miaojin

 

R

  • Lea Rabin
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Michèle Rakotoson
  • Ilma Rakusa
  • Ann Rand
  • Esther Randriamamonjy
  • Claudia Rankine
  • Carol Daugherty Rasnic – prior to 2018
  • Gwen Raverat
  • Catherine Rayner
  • Pauline Réage
  • Dolores Redondo – 2019
  • Ruth Reichl
  • Kathy Reichs – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Susanne Reiter
  • Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Laura Restrepo
  • Barbara Reynolds
  • Lucy Ribchester
  • Dorothy Richardson
  • Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson)
  • Brenda Rickman Vantrease
  • Stella Rimington – 2018 and prior
  • Ann Rinaldi
  • Jenesha de Rivera
  • Margaret Rivers Larminie
  • Candace Robb – 2019, 2020
  • J.D. Robb
  • Alice Roberts
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart – 2018, 2019
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Roxana Robinson
  • Judith Rock
  • Katrin Rohde
  • Elizabeth Romer
  • Sally Rooney
  • Henriette Roosenburg
  • Nelly Rosario
  • Liza Ross
  • Colette Rossant
  • Christina Rossetti – prior to 2018
  • Roswitha von Gandersheim – prior to 2018
  • Angeline Rothermundt
  • Laura Joh Rowland
  • J.K. Rowling – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Arundhati Roy – prior to 2018
  • Gabrielle Roy
  • Priscilla Royal – 2019
  • Hallie Rubenhold
  • Joanna Russ
  • Harriet Rutland
  • Sofie Ryan

 

S

  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Jehan Sadat
  • Françoise Sagan
  • Kurban Said
  • Angela Saini
  • Dora Jessie Saint (Miss Read)
  • Zainab Salbi
  • Rebecca Salonen
  • Preeta Samarasan
  • George Sand – prior to 2018
  • Cora Sandel
  • Deborah Santana
  • Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  • Sappho – prior to 2018
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • Beth Saulnier
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Ruth Scarborough
  • Andrea Schacht
  • Katherine West Scheil
  • Stacy Schiff
  • June Schlueter – 2018
  • Diane Schoemperlen
  • Julie Schumacher
  • Harriet Scott Chessman
  • Lisa Scottoline – prior to 2018
  • Deborah Scroggins
  • Alice Sebold – prior to 2018
  • Lisa See
  • Anna Seghers – prior to 2018
  • Sei Shōnagon
  • Annemarie Selinko – prior to 2018
  • Nilanjana Sengupta
  • Barbara Seranella
  • Julia Serano
  • Renata Šerelytė
  • Diane Setterfield – 2018
  • Anna Sewell – prior to 2018
  • Elif Shafak – 2019
  • Rashmila Shakya
  • Kamila Shamsie – 2018
  • Phyllis Shand Allfrey
  • Beth Shapiro
  • Mary Shelley – prior to 2018
  • Carol Shields
  • Kyung-sook Shin
  • Anna Maria Sigmund
  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – 2020
  • Katharine Sim
  • Luafata Simanu-Klutz
  • Helen Simonson
  • Helen Simpson – 2020
  • Mary Sinclair
  • Sally Singhateh
  • Maj Sjöwall (& Per Wahlöö)
  • Margaret Skea
  • Rebecca Skloot
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Jane Smiley
  • Ali Smith – prior to 2018
  • Betty Smith
  • Dodie Smith
  • Julie Smith
  • Shelley Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Akanisi Sobusobu
  • Zaharia Soilihi
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Susan Sontag – prior to 2018
  • Sonia Sotomayor – 2020
  • Diana Souhami
  • Muriel Spark – prior to 2018
  • Annie Spence
  • Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Deb Spera
  • Johanna Spyri – prior to 2018
  • Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël (Madame de Staël)
  • Freya Stark
  • Muriel St. Clare Byrne – 2020
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Regis Tove Stella
  • Carola Stern – prior to 2018
  • Amy Stewart
  • Mary Stewart – prior to 2018
  • Sarah Stockwell
  • Sarah Stone
  • Rebecca Stott
  • Sarah-Jane Stratford – 2020
  • Jean Strouse
  • Susan Stryker
  • Andrea Stuart
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay – prior to 2018
  • Kate Summerscale – prior to 2018
  • Rachel Swaby
  • Beverly Swerling
  • S.D. Sykes
  • Magda Szabó
  • Wisława Szymborska

 

T

  • Lalita Tademy
  • Véronique Tadjo
  • Jillian Tamaki
  • Mariko Tamaki
  • Amy Tan – 2018 and prior
  • Natasha Tarpley
  • Donna Tartt
  • Irma Tawelidse
  • Mary Taylor Simeti
  • Vianney K Teabo
  • Teffi – 2019
  • Janne Teller
  • Edith Templeton
  • F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Sheri S. Tepper – prior to 2018
  • Mother Teresa
  • Josephine Tey – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Manjushree Thapa
  • Angela Thirkell – 2019
  • Angie Thomas
  • Flora Thompson
  • Kay Thompson
  • Holly Throsby – 2020
  • Aimee Thurlo – 2020
  • Jane Thynne – 2018
  • Grace Tiffany
  • Gillian Tindall
  • James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
  • Dianne Tittle De Laet
  • Masako Togawa
  • Olga Tokarczuk
  • Pamela D. Toler
  • Claire Tomalin
  • Jean Toomer
  • Lillian de la Torre
  • Stella Tower
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Rose Tremain – prior to 2018
  • Joanna Trollope
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Gail Tsukiyama
  • Barbara Tuchman
  • Abigail Tucker
  • C.J. Tudor
  • Patricia Justine Tumang
  • Katy Tur
  • Janette Turner Hospital
  • Helen Tursten – 2018, 2020
  • Hilda Twongyeirwe
  • Joyce Tyldesley – prior to 2018
  • Anne Tyler
  • Kathleen Tynan

 

U

  • Jenny Uglow
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya – 2018
  • Ellen Ullman
  • Sigrid Undset
  • Chika Unigwe
  • Else Ury – prior to 2018
  • Ayu Utami
  • Sandra Uwiringiyimana – 2019

 

V

  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Jane Vejjajiva
  • Maniue Vilsoni
  • Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) – 2018 and prior
  • Serena Vitale
  • Anoeschka Von Meck
  • Susan Vreeland

 

W

  • Francesca Wade
  • Alice Walker
  • Amy Wallace
  • Maureen Waller
  • Harriet Walter – prior to 2018
  • Minette Walters
  • Evangeline Walton
  • Jo Walton
  • Wang Chen-ho
  • Ayeta Anne Wangusa
  • Sarah Waters
  • Winifred Watson
  • Tiffany Watt Smith
  • Betty Webb
  • Cicely Veronica Wedgwood
  • Simone Weil
  • Alison Weir – prior to 2018
  • Martha Wells – 2020
  • Eudora Welty – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Wentworth – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Debbie Lee Wesselmann – prior to 2018
  • Rebecca West
  • Kate Westbrook – 2018
  • Megan Whalen Turner
  • Edith Wharton – 2018 and prior
  • Jennie N. Wheatley
  • Phillis Wheatley – 2020
  • Sara Wheeler
  • Ethel Lina White – 2018
  • Samantha Wilcoxson – prior to 2018
  • Ellen Wilkinson – 2019
  • Margery Williams – prior to 2018
  • Wendy Williams
  • Valerie Plame Wilson – 2018
  • Jeanette Winterson – prior to 2018
  • Margaret Wise Brown – prior to 2018
  • Susan Wittig Albert
  • Christa Wolf – prior to 2018
  • Irmgard Wolf – 2020
  • Mary Wollstonecraft – prior to 2018
  • Faith Wolseley
  • Barbara Wood
  • Frances Wood
  • Paula L. Woods
  • Virginia Woolf – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Jennifer Worth – prior to 2018
  • Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Jennifer Wright – 2018
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Andrea Wulf
  • Honor Wyatt

 

X

  • Xinran (Xuē Xīnrán) – 2018, 2019

 

Y

  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Jane Yolen
  • Banana Yoshimoto – 2018
  • Marguerite Youcenar – prior to 2018

 

Z

  • Oksana Zabuzhko
  • Adela Zamudio
  • Juli Zeh – 2018
  • Jamie Zeppa
  • Xianliang Zhang
  • Edith M. Ziegler
  • Feenie Ziner
  • Jennifer Zoble
  • Stefanie Zweig

 

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