Books

Rebekah Weatherspoon Is the Queen of Erotic Romance

If you want to read romances with a bit more erotic heat to them, look no further than Rebekah Weatherspoon.

Sex Work is Work: A Conversation with Melissa Gira Grant

Sex worker movements are intersectional movements by necessity. Read more »

Women Make Up More than Half of Mystery Writers—But Get Criminally Few Reviews

I read a lot of crime fiction. Like many avid readers, I look back at the end of the year to see which books made the greatest impression on me and share my top 10 online. This year, I... Read more »

Everyone Deserves a Happy Ending: Seeking Romance Novels Featuring LGBTQ Characters

Recently, I talked with Indian-American romance novel author Suleikha Snyder about her work writing romance tales starring people of color. “Don’t... 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 »

My Challenge for 2014: Read 50 Books by Writers of Color

What do you do when you’ve already read everything by Octavia Butler? (photo from Cultural Front Last year, I decided to read 50 books by writers of color. This idea... Read more »

Three Authors Discuss Their Favorite Romance Novels Featuring People of Color

      For the week around Valentine’s Day, writer Jessica Luther is writing a series of three articles about gender, race, and sexuality in romance novels. ... Read more »

New Book "Dear Sister" Collects Letters from Survivors of Abuse

“I wanted to put a book together that would be a timeless resource for survivors,” says Lisa Factora-Borchers, editor of new collection Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press). “It’s not a book about trauma, it’s not a book about all the moving pieces of... Read more »

Love in the Margins: Talking About Feminist Issues in Mainstream Romance Novels

    For the week around Valentine’s Day, writer Jessica Luther is writing a series of three articles about gender, race, and sexuality in romance novels. This is the first article in the series.  Romance novels ... Read more »

New Book Tells Stories from Inside a Mexican Women's Prison

In the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico, the prison of Santa Maria de Ixcotel serves as a penitentiary for women. In one of those cells, Mary Ellen Sanger spent 33 days. That time in Oaxacan prison spurred Sanger to write a book, ... Read more »

Mock & Awe: Janet Mock on Truth-Telling, Community Building, and Writing the Story She Had Been Waiting for Her Whole Life

Redefining Realness is written with astounding honesty and heart. Read more »

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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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »