Books

Writing Toward Truth: Bassey Ikpi’s New Book Reckons with the Lies Mental Illness Weaves

“…the lie that sustained itself for so long becomes true in its own way. It becomes a part of the story.”

I Read 50 Books By People of Color This Year.

At the start of the year, I vowed to read 50 books by people of color.  Read more »

Lemony Snicket and a Series of Predictably Racist Events

Daniel Handler onstage in San Francisco in 2012. Photo by Robert Gray, via Creative Commons.  After Jacqueline Woodson... Read more »

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 »

Popaganda Episode: Feminism and Science Fiction

We boldly explore the connections between social justice and sci-fi: In fictional worlds where anything is possible, it’s easier to reflect on what’s screwed up about our own society.   More information... Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the best kind of Saturday morning breakfast club.  Read more »

"Locked Down, Locked Out" Shows How the Prison System is Rotten to Its Core

“Prison stays in the shadows because it’s built to stay in the shadows,” says Maya Schenwar, the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: How Prison... Read more »

Confessions of a Lifelong Football Fan

                     It shouldn’t be controversial to say that the only thing that the NFL cares about is money. Read more »

What Sci-Fi Book Made You Rethink the World?

The next episode of our Popaganda feminism and pop culture podcast is all about feminism and sci-fi. We’re featuring deep thoughts on Alien, personal stories about Octavia Butler, and ideas for how social... Read more »

Six Great Small Press Titles to Seek Out

Short Run organizers Janice Headley, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and their bounty of books. Photo: Alex Stonehill. On Saturday, November 15th, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival will hold its fourth annual showcase for indie... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Ladies Be Shopping

  Women and shopping have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, there's the stereotype that all women loooove shopping—and that we throw away money on frivolous goods. On the other, there's the reality that women are the primary shoppers for ... Read more »

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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 »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

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 »