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2016 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by Women of Color

If you don’t seek out new voices, it’s easy to fall into reading books primarily, if not solely, by white authors. Read more »

Kathleen Collins's Posthumous Short story collection "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?" is a long overdue treasure

Collins never avoids complexity or difficult emotions; she’s unafraid of ambiguity, and her stories don’t provide easy conclusions or simple interpretations. Read more »

This Is Why I Write: Almost All Stories About Trans Women Are Written By Cisgender Authors

This summer, I’m attending a first-ever workshop for all trans women. Having that space is so, so important.  Read more »

I Read 50 Books by Women of Color This Year!

If you don't seek out new voices, it's easy to fall into reading books primarily, if not solely, by white authors. Read more »

In Lidia Yuknavitch's New Novel, Women Forge Art Out of Loss

Lidia Yuknavitch’s latest novel, The Small Backs of Children, will wreck you and leave you feeling grateful. Read more »

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 »

Bibliobitch: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

I first heard of Danielle Evans (the author, not the next top model) when Thea Lim excerpted her blog post “Smart Conversations about MFA programs” for its critique of privilege on... Read more »

BitchTapes: Fictional Bands

Fictional Band Fun! from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio   This week on BitchTapes I would like to honor those fictional bands that never get any recognition... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Elissa Schappell's Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Named after a fictional girls’ etiquette handbook, Elissa Schappell’s 2011 short story collection, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, offers a multi-perspectival, intergenerational portrait of American... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Katherine Mansfield

I like to yank hermits into the spotlight. I'm a sucker for women whose work is sometimes considered "secondary," who kept a low profile... 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 »