Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

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

Sm{art}: #1 Must Have: Queer Photo Zine

 If you are looking for a new queer photo zine to brighten up your day, look no further than #1 Must Have. Just on its second issue, this new Seattle-based zine captures queer folks through “visibility, celebrating diverse queer people... Read more »

Required Reading: Aya de Yopougon

Although she has some great comebacks for street harassers, our hero Aya is otherwise as problematic as your typical Disney heroine. Luckily, the graphic novel “Aya of Yopougon” is really about Aya’s lying, fighting, partying friends: Bintou and Adjoua. They’re not role models; they... Read more »

The Rebel Warrior and the Boy with the Bread: Gale, Peeta, and Masculinity in the Hunger Games

Just as Gale and Peeta give Katniss two very different boyfriend options, they give us as readers two very different ideas of what it means to be a man in Panem. See what I mean about the two totally different masculinities happening here? Read more »

Required Reading: The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street is all about voice. It’s about being heard. It’s about inventing new languages when the old ones don’t work. In the author’s words, it’s about “the ugliest subjects I could find. The most unpoetic.” In real life, The House on... Read more »

Beyond the Panel: An interview with Arigon Starr of Super Indian, Part Two

Today, the conversation with Arigon Starr, the cartoonist behind Super Indian, continues! We discuss the history and future of Super Indian, her experience of being a woman of color in an industry dominated by... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Cultural Crusaders: Women Librarians in the American West, 1900-1917

The freedom of being a librarian in the west during this time was unparalleled: women were trained to be respected and valued members of the community, trusted with the task of educating and exposing their neighbors to the literary lifestyle, and they had the option of seeking new work in a huge... Read more »

Bitchin' Sex Diaries Alert!

If you’re interested in keeping a seven-day Sex Diary, visit the Sex Diaries Project here (be sure to click on the link from here so that Arianne knows who’s coming from the Bitch site)! We’ll also... Read more »

Required Reading: Cruel Optimism

“Even Adorno, the great belittler of popular pleasures, can be aghast at the ease with which intellectuals shit on people who hold on to a dream” writes Lauren Berlant, who is not shitting on you or your dream. Her latest book, Cruel Optimism, is less brutal analysis than a dark, lush still-life of... Read more »

Required Reading: The Caine Mutiny

Although the Pentagon will soon ease restrictions on women in combat, a ban continues on women in infantry, keeping 200,000+ enlisted women out of promotions and leadership roles. So for all the ladies in the service: The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk’s bitter caricature of male... Read more »

Beyond the Panel: An interview with Arigon Starr of Super Indian - Part One

Bitch’s series of interviews with webcomic creators, Beyond the Panel, returns with Arigon Starr, the multitalented force behind the comic-book-style webcomic Super Indian... Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »