10 Essential Books About Writing

Must-read titles for writers include works by Elena Ferrante, Akwaeke Emezi, Meg Wolitzer, Yoko Ogawa, and more.

Dystopian Book "Partials" Imagines a Society of Forced Pregnancy

I’ve never been attracted to books set in a world in which women have been stripped of their reproductive rights and function mainly as breeders. After all, I live in a very real society in which women’s rights over their bodies are... Read more »

New Book "Orleans" Imagines a World Where Blood Type Matters More than Race

“After the storm deaths came other casualties: deaths by debris, cuts, tetanus, or loss of blood; suicide, heart attacks caused by stress or loss, or stress of rebuilding, or just as often from the lack of medicines used to treat common ailments. The list of no-longer-treatable diseases grew:... Read more »

Dystopian Book "Shadows Cast By Stars" Revolves Around Aboriginal Race and Identity

When I started this column on race in dystopian YA literature, a reader recommended I check out ... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Pulp, Featuring Chelsea Cain and Laura Lippman

The best stories are the juicy ones. This episode of our feminist pop culture podcast is all about pulp (timely, right?). We talk with best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain about how her pregnancy inspired her to get started writing gory... Read more »

How Do You Find Feminist Children's Books?

Sometimes it feels like the deck is stacked against finding feminist-friendly children’s literature.  Read more »

Finally! In "Immortal Rules," One Girl of Color Survives Dystopia

I’ve never read a single books published by romance giant Harlequin and so I carried Julie Kagawa’s ... Read more »

The Good Doctor: Four Arguments For Why "Doctor Who" Should Get a Female Doctor

Recently, rumors rippled across the Internet that actor Matt Smith, who plays the eleventh Doctor on the long-running BBC series ... Read more »

A 15-Year-Old's Vision of Public School Dystopia

Last week, I looked at how Malinda Lo and Marie Lu, adult Asian-American authors, wrote race and gender into their worlds. In this... Read more »

Reading Race in Marie Lu's Dystopian YA Hit "Legend"

When I checked Marie Lu’s Legend out of the library, I hoped that the main girl character (June) would be Asian. After all, Lu herself is Chinese, born in China and influenced, as a young child, by the... Read more »

The Baby Poop Overshare: Q&A with the Author of STFU Parents

If you’ve ever scanned your Facebook feed and wondered what possessed your old college suitemate to post a full-color photo of her fresh, glistening placenta, well, Blair Koenig feels your pain. We interview Koenig about her popular blog... 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 »

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... 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 »