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About chloethelibrarian

I'm a new librarian working in Vancouver, BC.

Celebrate Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Chloe Riley is one of the student co-representatives of the Readers’ Advisory Interest Group. She’s currently a student in the MLIS program at SLAIS, and works at the Vancouver Public Library.

This post was inspired by a tradition on one of the book blogs I follow, Fantasy Café. For the past few years, during the entire month of April, the blog is dedicated to Women in SF&F Month. The purpose is to celebrate women who are writing and reviewing in science fiction and fantasy, in order to bring attention to the fact that women in the genre are often still unacknowledged. The current controversy about the lack of diversity in this year’s Hugo Award nominations is a reminder of the need to continue to encourage and acknowledge female contributors to genre writing — as well as to encourage readers to pick up excellent women genre authors!

I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, and I’m also a big fan of supporting women in the genre, so in that spirit, I decided to offer two short reviews of recent science fiction and fantasy books written by women, both of which are deservedly racking up awards. Since both these titles are popular and may have extended hold queues at the library, I’ve got a few suggestions of other women in SF&F books you can suggest! Continue reading