With Nick Arvin, Jenny Shank, and Missouri Review editor Michael Nye.
In Francine Prose’s manifesto for Harper’s, “Scent of a Woman’s Ink,” she tried to unpack Norman Mailer’s contention that he could “sniff out the ink of the women.” (He didn’t like what he smelled.) Every year the statistics are pretty bald: women get published less than men, reviewed less than men, and yet they’re the ones overwhelmingly buying books and reading them. What’s the story, here? Are fewer women writing? Are fewer submitting? Or are they treated differently by readers and the industry alike? Come with your own opinions and listen to our esteemed panel hash out this timeless question.