Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

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

Does Writing Romance Novels Kill Masculinity? No!

Today is Valentine’s Day, which is usually considered the most romantic of holidays, a day when our society celebrates monogamous, often heterosexual, love. It is no surprise, then, that romance novels become... Read more »

What TV Tells Us About Being a Writer

On television, there’s no shortage of portrayals of young, aspiring writers. From ruthless journalists to confessional novelists to sensationalist writers, current TV shows offer us a wealth of female publishing hopefuls. And while this inspires a new generation of women to make themselves... Read more »

It Was a Dark and Snowy Night: How heroes became heroines in Nordic noir fiction

Illustration by Zejian Shen. Film noir used to be personified by the lone detective in a trench coat, chain smoking in rain-dotted lamplight. But 70 years after The Maltese Falcon flew into Tinseltown, that hero has been replaced. Now, standing in that same lamplight, smacking gum in the same misty... Read more »

Why Does TV Have So Many Older Lady Detectives?

There seem to be three accepted roles for women over 40 on TV: mother, wise sage, or ass-kicking crime-solver.  Yes, as soon as we put older women in central roles, we put them in, of all places, the police station. From the first major show starring two not-so-young women, ... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Happy Monday! Here’s our list of feminist news links to kick off your week.  • Grammy Time: Was Frank Ocean stiffed awards because he’... Read more »

The 10 Best Books of the Year for Young Feminists

It’s hard to find smart books for kids that are heavy on the good female characters but light on the Disney princesses. A part of the American Library Association called the... Read more »

Thrill-Bent: A Q&A with Jan Richman

I do like a close, confidential voice. It’s very much like having an imaginary friend. Of course, I also love big 19th-century novels where God narrates from on high, dipping in and out of people’s interior lives. But that was before movies—I really think film has changed fiction more... Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Stepsister Scheme

Here are a few key words regarding Jim C. Hines... Read more »

BiblioBitch: When She Woke

Feminist book-lovers will already be long familiar with novels depicting the rollback of reproductive rights, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Misconceiver, and Woman on The Edge of Time. So is there room for another book looking at a the consequences of... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Code Name Verity

Let me start by saying that I’m a Hunger Games gal. I thought that series was the end for me; the top of the bold, brave mountain of perfect Young Adult (YA)... 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 »

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 »