Our Top 5 Favorite Authors
Nothing ignites creativity, resilience, and leadership like reading. From daring stories about dragons to biographies about history’s most important figures, a book can challenge, inspire, and most importantly, educate. Here at Girls’ Voices, we believe in the power of reading and we’ve listed our top favorite writers (who also happen to be all women).
The late Toni Morrison was an award-winning novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Morrison is often credited with bringing black literature into the mainstream during her time as senior editor in the fiction department at Random House and was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, making her the first black woman to do both.
Morrison’s work highlighted black identity in America often focusing on the tough experiences of black women.
“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”
Mary Ann Evans was an English novelist, poet, journalist known by her pen name, George Eliot. One of the leading writers of the Victorian era, her works were revered for their realism and psychological insight.
Afraid to be limited by common stereotypes of the time and wanting to separate her fiction from her editorial work, Mary Ann opt to write under the male name, George Eliot. Her work depicted rural life.. She believed there was a unique beauty to be found in the mundane details of ordinary country life and often drew from her own experiences for her writing.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
Mary Shelley was an English novelist, who most famously authored Frankenstein. Shelley came from a family of philosophers and though she lost her mother shortly after her birth, her father was able to provide a full life and significant education.
Shelley is said to have written her most famous novel after a challenge by Lord Byron and was inspired by a ghostly waking dream. However, Shelley wrote more than just Frankenstein. Although most of her early works were lost, her later novels comment on gender relations and touched on politics of the time.
“The beginning is always today.”
Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American writer and key figure in Chicano literature. Much of her work explores the lives of the working-class and those caught between two cultures, like herself.
Cisneros is known for incorporating Spanish into her writing, expressing her own bilingualism and her position between two identities. Her best-known novel, The House on Mango Street, has been called a coming-of-age classic, which transcended the Latino community, being translated into multiple languages.
“I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity.”
One of this century’s most famous writers, J.K Rowling is the author behind the popular Wizarding World that began with Harry Potter.
Rowling chose her pen name to hide her gender since publishers worried boys may not want to read a book by a female author. The books Rowling wrote went on to be the best-selling in history and have been turned into blockbuster films.
Rowling’s writing focuses on kindness and accepting each others’ differences, which many readers identify with today.
“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
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