Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

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

On Our Radar

Links ahoy! HuffPo reports on Rachel Maddow’s statement that “[g]ay... Read more »

BiblioBitch: LGBTQ History on the Bill

For LGBTQ and disability rights activists, allies and California youth, as of April 14th, it got better. The CA senate voted 23-14 in favor of a bill mandating the inclusion of... Read more »

Beyond The Panel: An interview with Christine Smith of Eve's Apple

Christine Smith is the author of two webcomics, Eve’s Apple and The Princess. Today I’m interviewing her about Eve’s Apple (EA), a three-year-old webcomic about the titular Eve and her... Read more »

SXSW Film: <em>Fly Away</em> Depicts Autism with Honesty, Tenderness

Fly Away, opens on Jeanne, a single mother, as she is awoken by her teenage daughter’s cries. “Bad girl! I hate myself!” It might not be a surprising sentiment for a teenager in the throes of an angst-ridden moment, but Mandy is severe on the spectrum of autism, and the middle of the night... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Dorothy Allison

I am in awe of feminist author and activist Dorothy Allison. Born in South Carolina in 1949 and now living in California, Allison has attracted numerous accolades in the last thirty years for her six published books. (They include Lambda Literary Awards, ALA Awards for Lesbian and Gay Writing and... Read more »

Bibliobitch: The Uncoupling

Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, The Uncoupling, has an intriguing premise, in a... Read more »

The Awesomeness of Bossypants

I rode on a plane over the weekend, and since I love excuses to buy shiny new hardcover books (and I do not love air travel), I got a copy of Tina Fey’s Bossypants to take along. Note to others who might make a similar decision:... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Sweet Valley Confidential

Life was wonderful and simple when I was queen... Read more »

On Our Radar

Hello, hello! Ready for some thought-provoking links? I knew you were! Today, in bad taste… anti-abortion group Life Always is comparing aborted fetuses to people killed by the earthquake in Japan. The... Read more »

Bitch YA Book Club: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Welcome to our first Bitch YA Book Club! Today, Erin Blakemore asks Jennie Law, Ellen Papazian, and Jessica Stites what they thought about Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. What did you think about this book? Add your own... Read more »

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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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  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 »