If you haven’t heard yet, J.K. Rowling is one of the most influential and essential female authors around.
While we all knew she was an incredible force, her significance in the literary world was further recognized after her third novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was named among the 100 essential books by female writers from the past 100 years.
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The list was presented by the Hay Festival in recognition of its annual literary and arts celebration which honors the female writers whose written works published from 1918 deserve recognition and celebration.
The top 100 book titles were chosen by passionate readers who cast their votes over the course of three months by responsind to the hashtag #vote100books.
Rowling’s name appeared next to literary icons including Agatha Christie, Anne Frank, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, and Margaret Mitchell. Modern literary phenomenon’s were also named including Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Americanah).
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While the list was comprised of many popular fiction titles, it also included many influential non-fiction works including Betty Friedan’s iconic feminist work, The Feminine Mystique. Friedan’s work proved to be an eye-opening experience for many female readers when it was released in 1963 and is largely credited with inspiring the second-wave feminism movement.
The impact that Friedan and the other incredible female writers have made will be celebrated worldwide, starting at a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on May 28. The festival officially kicked off on May 25 in Wales and will be also take place in Mexico, Spain, Peru, the UK, Colombia, and Denmark throughout the year.
Festival director Peter Florence reflected on the significance of these influential titles and the writers who penned them.
“There are books here that have changed lives, and changed the world,” he said. “The list is an extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and stories. And a testament to the wisdom of crowds.”
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