Creative Friction: For Francesca Lia Block, Writing is Healing

Francesca Lia Block’s new book The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and The Creative Process, weaves memoir with lessons on the craft of writing to create a unique and visceral guide to creativity.

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

4 Books to Read for Women’s History Month

From the modern American South, to 19th-century Ghana, to a spaceship en route to Mars, these stories capture compelling visions of the lives of women of color. Read more »

Wild Enchantment: The Creatureliness of Barbara Comyns

Sometimes I come across novelists whose work is alive with wildness. Barbara Comyns is one of these. Read more »

BitchReads: 7 Books You Must Read in November

Pair these books with cider.  Read more »

“Meanwhile, Elsewhere” Unapologetically Centers Trans People In Sci-Fi

A banal world is in the realm of fantasy for trans people. Read more »

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” Explores the Ghastly History of Mass Incarceration

Jesmyn Ward has written one of the best books of 2017.  Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books You Must Read in September

The one good thing about fall, outside of cute boots, is the influx of books that are being released. Read more »

No More “Good Girls”: YA needs to get real about reproduction

YA fiction is more and more reflective of the world in which young people actually live, a new normal of characters and storylines encompassing all the complexities of sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more »

“What We Lose” Is An Experimental Fiction Masterpiece

Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel refuses to stay within the boundaries set for writers who aren’t white cisgender men. Read more »

Crushed Blackademics: The Case for Black Women to Ditch Academia

Edith Vane suffers the whips and scorns of academia in a world where tenure is an illusion. Read more »

Pages

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 »