Books

BitchReads: 15 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read This Spring

This list should encourage readers to pick up books that they would’ve never picked up before. Read more »

“Sanctuary of the Psychic Life”: Why Poetry Matters in the Trump Era

All poetry is inherently political. Read more »

Practical Magic: “HausMagick” Will Help You Cast a Spell on Your Home

Erica Feldmann’s first book, Hausmagick, is a compilation of spells, personal vignettes, and other ways to “transform your home with witchcraft.” Read more »

6 Rad Poets to Read This National Poetry Month

You should savor the work of these great contemporary poets this month and every month hereafter. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

Abby Maslin’s Personal Tragedy Turned Her Marriage into a Mission

In 2012, Abby Maslin’s husband was randomly assaulted with a baseball bat after a night out with friends. Read more »

Piece of Cake: Helen Oyeyemi’s "Gingerbread" Is a Delightful Feast

Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel, Gingerbread, takes on the deeper question behind Hansel and Gretel’s story. Read more »

Let It All Out: Laurie Halse Anderson on #MeToo and the Journey from "speak" to "SHOUT"

In 1999, author Laurie Halse Anderson told the story of her sexual assault in her radical, bestselling young-adult novel speak, and in doing so gave a generation of teens and young adults a vocabulary for consent and rape. Read more »

Backtalk: YA’s Cancel Culture

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the world of YA drama. Recently, two YA authors have chosen to cancel their own debut novels after being called out by some readers for “problematic” issues in the text. Dahlia and Amy talk about the effects of a cancel culture that demands perfect art. Also, a... Read more »

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Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... Read more »