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
  • Donna Abu-Nasr – 2021
  • Joumana Accad
  • Jennifer Ackerman
  • Martha Ackmann
  • Gabriela Adameșteanu
  • Alice Adams
  • Sandra Adell
  • Sarah Addison Allen
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Ann Aguirre
  • Renee Ahdieh – 2019
  • Mouna-Hodan Ahmed
  • Deborah S. Akers
  • Neshani Andreas
  • Aida Alami – 2021
  • Leila al-Atrash
  • Nujoom Al-Ghanem
  • Mayy Al Khalifa
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Louisa May Alcott – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Tasha Alexander
  • Svetlana Alexievich
  • Jokha Alharthi
  • Monica Ali
  • Samina Ali
  • Hannah Allam – 2021
  • 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, 2020
  • Julie Andrews
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Li Ang
  • Andrea Angeli
  • Maya Angelou
  • Nathacha Appanah
  • Monica Arac de Nyeko
  • Jean Arasanayagam
  • Hannah Arendt – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Hiro Arikawa
  • Joanna Arman
  • Charlotte Armstrong
  • Elizabeth von Arnim – 2018 and prior
  • Emily Arnold McCully
  • Jane Arraf – 2021
  • Maureen Ash
  • Frances Ashcroft
  • Mary Astell
  • Thea Astley
  • Diana Athill
  • Kate Atkinson
  • Margaret Atwood – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2021
  • Phoebe Atwood Taylor
  • Jane Austen – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Fatma Aydemir

 

B

  • Natalie Babbitt
  • Cristina Bacchilega
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Holly Bailey
  • Beryl Bainbridge – prior to 2018
  • Doreen Baingana
  • Milka Bajić-Poderegin
  • Sarah Bakewell – 2019
  • Asja Bakić
  • Nada Bakri – 2021
  • Pamela Ball
  • Mary Balogh
  • 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
  • Cynthia Barnett
  • Violet Barungi
  • Adrienne Basso
  • Shrabani Basu
  • Natalie Baszile
  • Vicki Baum
  • Mary Beard
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Simon Beaufort (Elizabeth Cruwys, aka Susanna Gregory) – 2021
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Zdenka Becker
  • Ilene Beckerman
  • Lillian Beckwith
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe – prior to 2018
  • Aphra Behn
  • Lauren Belfer
  • Gertrude Bell – 2019
  • Josephine Bell – 2020
  • Gioconda Belli – prior to 2018
  • Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Margot Bennett
  • Isabelle Berrubey
  • Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
  • Barbara Beuys – prior to 2018
  • Calixthe Beyala
  • Piyali Bhattacharya
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • Maeve Binchy
  • Ruth Binney
  • Anne Bishop
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Katarina Bivald
  • 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
  • Claire Booss
  • Tracy Borman
  • Phyllis Bottome – 2018
  • Nora Bossong
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Marjorie Bowen – 2018 and prior
  • Dorothy Bowers
  • Leigh Brackett
  • Caryl Brahms
  • Pamela Branch
  • Christianna Brand – 2020, 2021
  • Kylie Brant
  • Vera Brittain
  • Charlotte Brontë – prior to 2018, 2021
  • Emily Brontë – prior to 2018
  • Anne Brontë – 2018 and prior
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Nancy Marie Brown
  • Susan Brownmiller
  • Pearl S. Buck – prior to 2018
  • Julia Bührle-Nowikowa
  • Thi Bui
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Jan Burke
  • Fanny Burney
  • Anna Burns
  • Jessie Burton
  • Margaret Busby
  • Stephanie Butland
  • Octavia Butler
  • A.S. Byatt – prior to 2018, 2020

 

C

  • Adèle Caby-Livannah
  • Susan Cain
  • Lucy Caldwell
  • Kristen Calihan
  • Julie Campbell
  • Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • Trudi Canavan – 2019
  • Dorothy Canfield
  • Joanna Cannan – 2021
  • Charity Cannon Willard
  • Peggy Caravantes
  • Marie Magdeleine Carbet
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Nessa Carey
  • Susan Carlile
  • Carol Carnac (aka E.C.R. Lorac)
  • 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
  • Dora Čechova
  • Elizabeth Chadwick
  • S.A. Chakraborty
  • Saumitra Chakravarty
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Eileen Chang
  • Roz Chast
  • Suzanne Chazin
  • Andrée Chedid
  • Ruoxi Chen
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Marjorie Chibnall
  • Miriam Ching Yoon Louie
  • Laura Childs
  • Paulina Chiziane
  • Zen Cho – 2019
  • Kunzang Choden
  • Roshani Chokshi
  • Kate Chopin – prior to 2018
  • Agatha Christie – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Chu T’ien-hsin
  • Rin Chupeco
  • Marchette Chute
  • Sandra Cisneros – prior to 2018
  • Pamela Clare
  • Eleanor Clark
  • Susanna Clarke – prior to 2018
  • Catrine Clay
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Ann Cleeves – 2019, 2021
  • Barbara Cleverly – 2020
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton
  • Alyssa Cole
  • Isabel Colegate
  • Colette
  • Lindsey Collen
  • Merle Collins
  • Sara Collins – 2019
  • Louise Collis
  • Laurie Colwin
  • Maryse Condé
  • Jill Ker Conway
  • Lesley Cookman – 2019, 2020
  • Kara Cooney
  • Artemis Cooper
  • Helene Cooper
  • Susan Cooper
  • Ann Cornelisen
  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire
  • Petra Couvee – 2018
  • Hannah Crafts
  • Charlie Craggs
  • Jean Craighead George
  • Caroline Criado Perez
  • Deborah Crombie – 2020
  • Judy Cuevas (aka Judith Ivory)
  • Marie Curie
  • Eve Curie
  • Helen Czerski – 2018

 

D

  • Moray Dalton – 2020
  • Elizabeth Daly
  • Clemence Dane – 2020
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Britta Das
  • Alexandra David-Neel – prior to 2018
  • Diane Mott Davidson
  • Robyn Davidson
  • Gordon Daviot (Elizabeth MacKintosh, aka Josephine Tey) – 2020
  • Belva Davis
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Margaret Leslie Davis
  • Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Dorothy Day
  • Jennifer De
  • Pamela Dean
  • Amalia Decker Márquez
  • Charlotte DeCroes
  • E.M. Delafield – 2020
  • Barbara Demick
  • Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Anita Desai
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Ananda Devi
  • Ashapurna Devi
  • Argentina Diaz Lozano
  • Emily Dickinson – prior to 2018
  • E.M. Delafield
  • Argentina Diaz Lozano
  • Joan Didion
  • Annie Dillard
  • Lidija Dimkovska
  • Theodora Dimova
  • 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
  • Joanne Drayton
  • Ellen Carol DuBois
  • Ruth Dudley Edwards
  • María Dueñas
  • Annis Duff
  • Daphne Du Maurier – 2018 and prior, 2021
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Lois Duncan
  • Katherine Dunn
  • Dorothy Dunnett – 2020
  • Nancy K Duplechain
  • Marguerite Duras – prior to 2018
  • Jane Dyer

 

E

  • Angela Eagle
  • Mignon G. Eberhart
  • Emily Eden
  • Maria Edgeworth
  • Esther Edinow
  • Esi Edugyan – 2018
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Ellen Elias-Bursac
  • George Eliot – prior to 2018
  • Duong Van Mai Elliott
  • Joy Ellis – 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Shaael Elnoor – 2021
  • Mona Eltahawy
  • Katrina Engberg 2019
  • Marian Engel
  • Elizabeth Engstrom
  • Anne Enright
  • Nora Ephron – prior to 2018, 2021
  • Louise Erdrich – 2019
  • Zeina Erhaim – 2021
  • Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Margaret Erskine
  • María Amparo Escandón
  • Iraj Esmaely
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Jennifer Estep – 2019
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Danielle Evans
  • Kelly Evans
  • Bernardine Evaristo – 2020, 2021

 

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
  • Ann Fessler
  • 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
  • Naomi Fontaine
  • 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
  • Mary Fraser
  • Ru Freeman
  • Valentīna Freimane
  • Marilyn French – prior to 2018
  • Tana French – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Esther Freud
  • Lucy Fricke
  • Betty Friedan
  • Florence Frisbie
  • Janice Frost
  • Mary Fulbrook
  • 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
  • Kelly Gardiner
  • Helen Garner
  • Julie Garwood
  • Elizabeth Gaskell – 2018 and prior, 2019
  • Roxane Gay
  • Pauline Gedge
  • Sylvia Geist
  • Mary Gentle
  • Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Elizabeth George – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Cindy Gerard
  • Asmaa al-Ghoul – 2021
  • Kaye Gibbons
  • Stella Gibbons – prior to 2018
  • Sujatha Gidla
  • Frances Gies
  • Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Beatrice Malleson, aka Anne Meredith) – prior to 2018, 2020
  • Ellen Gilchrist
  • Natalia Ginzburg
  • Jo Glanville
  • Janet Gleeson
  • Kristin Gleeson
  • Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
  • Molly Gloss
  • Jane Glover
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Carol Goodman
  • Ruth Goodman
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Charlotte Gordon
  • Barbara Gowdy
  • Patricia Grace
  • Carrie Gracie
  • Sue Grafton
  • Caroline Graham – prior to 2018
  • Katharine Graham
  • Tessa Gratton
  • Rachel Gratzfeld
  • Lucy Grealy
  • Anna Katharine Green – 2019, 2021
  • Joanne Greenberg
  • Kerry Greenwood – prior to 2018
  • Germaine Greer
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Susanna Gregory (Elizabeth Cruwys, aka Simon Beaufort) – prior to 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Kate Grenville
  • Aceituna Griffin
  • Laura Griffin
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Martha Grimes – prior to 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Sarah Gristwood
  • Lili Grün – 2020
  • Sara Gruen
  • Helene Guerber
  • Judith Guest
  • Esther Gumbs
  • Sujatha Gidla
  • Rosa Guy
  • Yaa Gyasi – 2020

 

H

  • Hahn Moo-Sook
  • Jeannette Haien
  • Carolyn Haines
  • Claire Hajaj
  • Shannon Hale
  • Louisa Hall
  • Radclyffe Hall – 2018
  • Brigitte Hamann
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Alwyn Hamilton
  • Denise Hamilton
  • Edith Hamilton – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Sheila Hancock
  • Helene Hanff
  • Zahra Hankir – 2021
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Valerie Hansen
  • Nino Haratischwili
  • Kate Harding
  • Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Joy Harjo – 2021
  • Kathryn Harkup – 2018, 2020
  • Molly Harper
  • Charlaine Harris
  • C.S. Harris
  • Joanne Harris – 2019
  • Kamala Harris – 2021
  • Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  • Thea Harrison
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Carolyn G. Hart
  • Hind Hassan – 2021
  • Mavis Doriel Hay – 2018 and prior
  • Annie Haynes – 2020
  • Natalie Haynes
  • Eliza Haywood
  • Bessie Head
  • Vicki Hearne
  • Anne Hébert
  • Elke Heidenreich – prior to 2018
  • Sybilla Heinze
  • Eman Helal – 2021
  • Lillian Hellman – prior to 2018
  • Kristien Hemmerechts
  • Amy Hempel
  • Sandra Hempel
  • Jennifer Morag Henderson
  • Cristina Henríquez
  • Marguerite Henry
  • Christine Heppermann
  • Toeti Heraty
  • Claudia Hernández
  • Judith Herrin
  • Georgette Heyer – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Célestine Hitiura Vaite
  • Joanna Hickson
  • Susan Higginbotham
  • Mary Higgins Clark – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Highsmith – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Hildegard von Bingen – prior to 2018
  • Susan Hill
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lisa Hilton
  • S.E. Hinton
  • 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
  • Bettany Hughes
  • Dorothy B. Hughes – 2019
  • Piper Huguley
  • Keri Hulme
  • Susan Hunter
  • Zora Neale Hurston – 2021
  • Siri Hustvedt
  • Elspeth Huxley
  • Hwang Sun-mi
  • Hypathia of Alexandria

 

I

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – 2018
  • Susan Isaacs
  • Rada Iveković
  • Molly Ivins – prior to 2018
  • Judith Ivory (Judy Cuevas)

 

J

  • Kate Jackson
  • Shirley Jackson – prior to 2018
  • Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Jane Jacobs
  • Mila Jam
  • Julie James
  • Miranda James
  • P.D. James – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • J.A. Jance – 2018
  • Tove Jansson
  • Tara Janzen
  • Lisa Jardine
  • Salma Khadra Jayyusi
  • Beverly Jenkins
  • Inge Jens
  • Ianthe Jerrold
  • Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Katherine (and Romilly) John
  • Marie-Elena John – 2020
  • Sarah L. Johnson
  • Elizabeth Jolley
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • 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
  • Zeina Karam – 2021
  • Mary Karooro Okurut
  • Mary Karr
  • Kapka Kassabova
  • Ellis Kaut – prior to 2018
  • Susan Kay
  • 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
  • Oonya Kempadoo
  • Margery Kempe
  • Sarah Kendzior
  • Christine Kenneally
  • Dorothy M. Kennedy
  • Hannah Kent
  • Porochista Khakpour
  • Roula Khalaf – 2021
  • Dalal Khalifa
  • Tracy Kidder
  • Jamaica Kincaid – 2020
  • C. Daly King
  • Laurie R. King
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • 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
  • Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Kathenine Kurtz
  • 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
  • Glenda Larke
  • Carolyne Larrington
  • Nella Larsen – 2021
  • Shanna Lauffey
  • Shelly Laurentson
  • Carole Lawrence – 2018
  • Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Ann Leckie – 2019
  • Penny Le Couteur
  • Hyeonseo Lee – 2019
  • Laurie Lee
  • Lilian Lee
  • Michelle “Mush” Lee
  • Min Jin Lee – 2019
  • Tanith Lee
  • Ursula K. Le Guin – 2021
  • Rosamond Lehmann
  • Susannah Leigh
  • 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
  • Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
  • Laura Levine – 2018
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • Andrea Levy
  • Marina Lewycka
  • Amy Licence
  • Juliette Lichtenstein
  • Jeannie Lin
  • Tai-man Lin
  • Adele Lindenmeyr
  • Astrid Lindgren – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Megan Lindholm
  • Nashormeh Lindo
  • Joan Lindsay – 2019
  • Ewa Lipska
  • Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • 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 (aka Carol Carnac) – 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Valeria Luiselli

 

M

  • Sharon Maas – prior to 2018
  • Cynthia Mac Leod
  • Greer Macallister
  • Hilary Macaskill
  • Rose Macaulay
  • Betty MacDonald
  • Helen Macdonald
  • Helen MacInnes – 2018
  • Charlotte MacLeod – 2020
  • Cynthia MacLeod
  • Margaret MacMillan
  • Beth Macy
  • Okky Madasari
  • Michelle Magorian
  • Ella Maillart
  • Karen Maitland – prior to 2018
  • Eve Makis – 2020
  • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Alexandra Malala
  • Nour Malas – 2021
  • 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, 2021
  • Katherine Mansfield – prior to 2018
  • Hilary Mantel – prior to 2018, 2020
  • J. Nozipo Maraire
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Beryl Markham – prior to 2018
  • Monika Maron
  • Ngaio Marsh – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Megan Marshall
  • Paule Marshall
  • Magali Nirina Marson
  • Ann M. Martin
  • Delilah Marvelle
  • Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Sujata Massey
  • Maria Matios
  • Dalene Matthee
  • Francine Matthews – 2018
  • Doris Maurer
  • Aurélie Maurin
  • Adrienne Myor
  • 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, 2021
  • Alison McGhee
  • Jill McGown – 2018
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • Pat McIntosh – prior to 2018
  • Shirley McKay
  • Patricia McKillip – 2018
  • Robin McKinley
  • Paula McLain
  • Bethany McLean
  • Catherine Meadows
  • Anoeschka von Meck
  • 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
  • Judith Merkle Riley
  • Fatima Mernissi
  • Isabel Mesa de Inchauste
  • Claire Messud
  • Grace Metalious
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Anne Michaels
  • Barbara Michaels (Barbara Mertz, aka Elizabeth Peters)
  • Courtney Milan
  • Rosalind Miles
  • Tiya Miles
  • Margaret Millar
  • Madeline Miller – 2019
  • Marja Mills
  • Anchee Min
  • Denise Mina – prior to 2018
  • Rupali Mishra
  • Dreda Say Mitchell
  • Gladys Mitchell – prior to 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Margaret Mitchell – prior to 2018
  • Jessica Mitford
  • Nancy Mitford
  • Miyuki Miyabe
  • Sarah Mkhonza
  • Nadifa Mohamed
  • Lília Momplé
  • Ada Moncrieff
  • Theresa Monsour
  • Amanda Montell
  • Rosa Montero
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery – prior to 2018
  • Anne-Marie-Louise D’Orleans Montpensier
  • Anne Moody
  • 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, 2021
  • Véronique Mortaigne
  • Lisa Mosconi
  • Mo Moulton
  • 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
  • Barbara Neely – 2020
  • Irène Némirovsky – 2018
  • Katherine Neville
  • Virginia Nicholson
  • Anaïs Nin – prior to 2018
  • Mpho ‘M’atsepo Nthunya
  • 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
  • Monica Arac de Nyeko

 

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
  • Patricia T. O’Connor
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Nuala O’Faolain
  • Margaret A. Ogola
  • Sofi Oksanen – 2019
  • Tillie Olsen
  • Katherine O’Neal
  • Iris Origo
  • Susan Orlean – 2019
  • Margaret Oliphant
  • Kirstin Olson
  • 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, 2021
  • Sandra Paretti – prior to 2018
  • He-ran Park
  • Park Wan-Suh
  • Dorothy Parker – prior to 2018
  • Eleanor Parker
  • I.J. Parker
  • Teresa de la Parra
  • S.J. Parris – prior to 2018
  • Shahmush Parsipur
  • Francine Pascal
  • Rachel Pastan
  • Ann Patchett – prior to 2018
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Jill Paton Walsh
  • Renee Patrick
  • Olena Pchilka
  • Nancy Pearl
  • Diane Pearson
  • Maggie Pearson
  • Iva Pekárková
  • Sharon Kay Penman – prior to 2018, 2021
  • Stef Penney – 2019
  • Louise Penny – 2019
  • Andrea Penrose
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman – prior to 2018
  • Régine Pernoud
  • Anne Perry – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Lakshmi Persaud
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels) – 2019
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • 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
  • Markéta Pilátová
  • 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
  • Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
  • Annie Proulx – prior to 2018
  • Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Christine Pullein-Thompson
  • Diana Pullein-Thompson
  • Josephine Pullein-Thompson
  • Mary Jo Putney
  • Barbara Pym – 2019
  • Hilary Pym

 

Q

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

 

R

  • Lea Rabin
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Michèle Rakotoson
  • Ilma Rakusa
  • Ann Rand
  • Esther Randriamamonjy
  • Claudia Rankine
  • Jody Raphael
  • Carol Daugherty Rasnic – prior to 2018
  • Gwen Raverat
  • Melanie Rawn
  • Catherine Rayner
  • Pauline Réage
  • Dolores Redondo – 2019
  • Katharine Reeve
  • Ruth Reichl
  • Kathy Reichs – prior to 2018, 2019
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Susanne Reiter
  • Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Marcie R. Rendon – 2021
  • 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
  • Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Candace Robb – 2019, 2020
  • J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts)
  • Alice Roberts
  • Gillian Roberts
  • Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb)
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart – 2018, 2019
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Roxana Robinson
  • Judith Rock
  • Katrin Rohde
  • Elizabeth Romer
  • Sally Rooney
  • Henriette Roosenburg
  • Nelly Rosario
  • Kate Ross
  • 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
  • S.J. Rozan – 2021
  • Hallie Rubenhold
  • Joanna Russ
  • Harriet Rutland – 2021
  • Sofie Ryan

 

S

  • Hwaida Saad – 2021
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Jehan Sadat
  • Françoise Sagan
  • Kurban Said
  • Angela Saini
  • Dora Jessie Saint (Miss Read)
  • Zainab Salbi
  • Rebecca Salonen
  • Preeta Samarasan
  • Joan Samson
  • Barbara Samuel
  • George Sand – prior to 2018, 2021
  • Cora Sandel
  • Deborah Santana
  • Helen Hooven Santmyer
  • Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  • Sappho – prior to 2018
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • Beth Saulnier
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Helen Scales
  • 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
  • Kathleen Seidel
  • 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
  • Jill Shalvis
  • Kamila Shamsie – 2018
  • Phyllis Shand Allfrey
  • Ntozake Shange
  • Beth Shapiro
  • Amira Al-Sharif – 2021
  • Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Mary Shelley – prior to 2018
  • Josepha Sherman
  • Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Heba Shibani – 2021
  • Carol Shields
  • Shin Kyung-sook
  • Anna Maria Sigmund
  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – 2020
  • Katharine Sim
  • Luafata Simanu-Klutz
  • Helen Simonson
  • Helen Simpson – 2020
  • April Sinclair
  • Mary Sinclair
  • Sally Singhateh
  • Lina Sinjab – 2021
  • Maj Sjöwall (& Per Wahlöö)
  • Margaret Skea
  • Rebecca Skloot
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Jane Smiley
  • Ali Smith – prior to 2018
  • Betty Smith
  • Dodie Smith
  • Helen Zenna Smith
  • Julie Smith – 2020
  • Shelley Smith
  • Zadie Smith – 2021
  • Coral Smith Saxe
  • Akanisi Sobusobu
  • Zaharia Soilihi
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Susan Sontag – prior to 2018
  • Sonia Sotomayor – 2020
  • Diana Souhami
  • Muriel Spark – prior to 2018
  • Annie Spence
  • LaVyrle Spencer
  • 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, 2021
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Sarah Stockwell
  • Sarah Stone
  • Rebecca Stott
  • Sarah-Jane Stratford – 2020
  • Jean Strouse
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • Susan Stryker
  • Andrea Stuart
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay – prior to 2018
  • Julie Summers
  • Kate Summerscale – prior to 2018
  • Sarah Sundin
  • 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
  • Reay Tannahill
  • Natasha Tarpley
  • Judith Tarr
  • Donna Tartt
  • Irma Tawelidse
  • Mary Taylor Simeti
  • Vianney K Teabo
  • Teffi – 2019
  • Janne Teller
  • Edith Templeton
  • Emma Tennant
  • F. Tennyson Jesse – 2021
  • Sheri S. Tepper – prior to 2018
  • Mother Teresa
  • Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh, aka Gordon Daviot) – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020
  • Manjushree Thapa
  • Angela Thirkell – 2019
  • Angie Thomas
  • Sherry Thomas
  • Flora Thompson
  • Kay Thompson
  • Amy Thomson
  • Holly Throsby – 2020
  • Aimee Thurlo – 2020
  • Jane Thynne – 2018
  • Molly Thynne – 2020, 2021
  • Grace Tiffany
  • Gillian Tindall
  • Rebecca Tinsley – 2021
  • James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
  • Dianne Tittle De Laet
  • Kim Todd
  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  • Masako Togawa
  • Olga Tokarczuk
  • Pamela D. Toler
  • Claire Tomalin
  • Jean Toomer
  • Lillian de la Torre
  • Stella Tower
  • Sue Townsend
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Rose Tremain – prior to 2018
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • 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 – 2021
  • 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

  • Célestine Hitiura Vaite
  • Catherynne M. Valente – 2021
  • Sydney J. Van Scyoc
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Jane Vejjajiva
  • Inara Verzemnieks
  • Maniue Vilsoni
  • Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) – 2018 and prior
  • Margaret Visser
  • Serena Vitale
  • Anoeschka Von Meck
  • Susan Vreeland

 

W

  • Francesca Wade
  • Alice Walker
  • Amy Wallace
  • Maureen Waller
  • Velma Wallis
  • 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
  • Margaret Weis
  • Martha Wells – 2020
  • Eudora Welty – prior to 2018
  • Patricia Wentworth – 2018 and prior, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Debbie Lee Wesselmann – prior to 2018
  • Kasie West
  • Lindy West
  • 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
  • Phyllis A. Whitney
  • Samantha Wilcoxson – prior to 2018
  • Emma Wildes
  • Kim Wilkins
  • Ellen Wilkinson – 2019, 2021
  • Kate William
  • Kayla Williams
  • Margery Williams – prior to 2018
  • Wendy Williams
  • Lauren Willig
  • Connie Willis
  • 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
  • Kathleen E. Woodwiss
  • Virginia Woolf – prior to 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Jennifer Worth – prior to 2018
  • Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Betty Ren Wright
  • Jennifer Wright – 2018
  • Sharon Wright
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Andrea Wulf
  • Janny Wurts
  • Honor Wyatt

 

X

  • Xinran (Xuē Xīnrán) – 2018, 2019

 

Y

  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Natacha Yazbeck – 2021
  • 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
  • Rebecca Zietlow
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Feenie Ziner
  • Jennifer Zoble
  • Shoshana Zuboff
  • Stefanie Zweig

 

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