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Women Writers Week 2017 Kicks Off March 27th

Beginning Monday, March 27th, we will be continuing our tradition at RogerEbert.com of devoting the last week of March to showcasing the work of our fabulous women writers. In actuality, they make substantial contributions all year, but the last week in March, we turn over the whole kit and kaboodle to them. When I instituted the very first one as an experiment, we asked questions like, 'Do women think differently than men? Are our insights about movies vastly different? What do we bring to the party that would be absent if we weren't on the scene?' This year, we are not posing those questions, we are just presenting our writers because they are good and interesting and we want to!

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Women Writers Week 2017 promises to be a real treat, with several fascinating articles planned for publication. In addition to reviewing all of the week's latest releases, our women writers will be providing various essays and interviews throughout the week. The writers we have confirmed for the week thus far are Angelica Jade Bastien, Tina Hassania, Tomris Laffly, Christy Lemire, Jana Monji, Nell Minow, Christina Newland, Sheila O'Malley, Emma Piper-Burket, Justine Smith, Katherine Tulich and Susan Wloszczyna. We expect more to join us, so stay tuned.

For a sampling of what to expect, here are some highlights from last year's installment from Women Writer's Week...

"Nora Ephron: An Appreciation" by Nell Minow

"Good Manners, Goodbyes and Puppies" by Jana Monji

A TV Review of Hulu's "The Path" by Jessica Johnson

A Tribute to Patty Duke by Susan Wloszczyna

"Fade to White: "Thelma and Louise" Turns 25" by Christy Lemire, Sheila O'Malley and Susan Wloszczyna

"The Depths of What We Cannot Know: On "The Double Life of Veronique"" by Jessica Ritchey

An Interview with Brie Larson by Katherine Tulich

"Visual Pleasure and Voodoo Demographics: A Reflection on Women and Film (Updated)" by Carrie Rickey

"Bette Davis: Cinematic Medusa" by Angelica Jade Bastien

"Violence is a Very Sad Poetry: The Films of Sam Peckinpah" by Justine Smith

"The Alliance of Women Journalists: The First Ten Years" by Jennifer Merin

"Meet the Writers: Monica Castillo"

For the complete table of contents from Women Writer's Week 2016, click here.

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