Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

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

Murder, She Blogged: Let's Celebrate the Spinster Detective

Presenting an unthreatening facade to the world, older women detectives usually conceal razor-sharp investigative skills and intelligence. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple is one of the classic examples of these subversive characters. Read more »

Bibliobitch: Zazen

In a nameless yet all-too-familiar city, where “box-mall-churches” and faceless plazas named after the banks that funded them rub up against vegan cafes, yoga studios, and a “mural of neighborhood black people enjoying gentrification,” Della Mylinak thinks about what it would be like to set... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: About the US Killing

So, hopefully I’ve sold you on Sarah Lund and the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen now. But what about that US remake, The Killing? Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Stevie Smith

Author Florence Margaret “Stevie” Smith was born in England in 1902. Though her family called her “Peggy,” Smith’s friends dubbed her “Stevie”... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Lund

AMC’s The Killing, which recently concluded its first season and has been renewed for a second, is as close to Twin Peaks as 21st century television gets. Set in Seattle, homicide detective Sarah Linden investigates the murder of a teenage girl. That’s it - a single murder... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Castle

Castle is a guilty pleasure for me. I once watched four episodes of the show in a night because it’s well-written, witty, and fun—and has some “strong” female characters front and center—so I want to be able to say, just go and watch it right now, don’t even bother reading... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Sisterhood Everlasting

*WARNING: Sisterhood Everlasting begins with a major, surprising event, and I discuss it in this review. Other potential spoilers are marked.* It’s always dicey when an author pushes a series past its logical conclusion. I met each YA sequel to The Sisterhood... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Detectives in Distress

All good characters have a complex back story. But what is it with giving female TV detectives a particularly awful past? By no means is every female investigator on television shown to be “damaged,” but I think there are enough to make up an anecdotal trend. This “damage” is usually crucial in... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Prime Suspect

Are there any explicitly feminist crime TV shows? Prime Suspect, which ran on UK television channel ITV from 1991 to 2006, is surely a contender, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Mrs. Columbo

Columbo was the late, great Peter Falk’s most well-known role. We knew him by his rumpled mackintosh, his preternatural ability to hone in on the killer within seconds, and his catchphrase, “Just one more thing….” And, of course, the shadowy figure of Mrs. Columbo. 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 »

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 »

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 »