author interviews

This New Book About The Life Of "Ordinary Women" Is STUNNING

My bookshelves are filled with women: women writers and women’s stories; women who look and live and love like me, and women who don’t; fictional women and real women and women who fall somewhere in between. My bookshelves have always looked like thi…
By E. Ce Miller

This YA Book Will Totally Feed Your Royal Wedding Obsession — In The Best Way

No, Rachel Hawkins did not purposefully time the May 1 publication of her latest YA book, Royals, to coincide with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 royal wedding, but that doesn't mean she's not super excited about the fact. "God, I want to se…
By Kerri Jarema

This New Novel Is A Feminist Retelling Of The Story Of The First Witch In Literature

You might remember Circe as the beautiful enchantress from The Odyssey, famed for turning men into pigs. Or perhaps you only know her as a vague figure from hazy Greek antiquity, or as the namesake of the Game of Thrones character. But there is more …
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Advice Columnist Wrote A Memoir & It's EXACTLY What You Need To Get Through This Week

When writer Meredith Goldstein pitched a relationship advice column to her Boston Globe editors in 2008, her life (and relationship) were sailing smoothly. By the time that column launched on the daily newspaper’s website in early 2009, not-so-much. …
By E. Ce Miller

Mari Andrew's New Book Will Feel Just As A Relatable & Raw As Her Instagram

In her debut graphic memoir Am I There Yet?, out now, Mari Andrew traces her winding path to adulthood through a series first person essays peppered with tiny revelations about life, heartbreaks, and travel. Her words sit side-by-side with heartfelt …
By Laura Studarus

We Need To Talk About Why 'Under The Gaydar' Novels Are So Important

Being a teenager is hard. Being an LGBTQ teen is even harder, especially if you're a POC or another marginalization. Although LGBTQ teens (and the community at large) have more acceptance legally and socially than ever before, there is still a signif…
By Meaghan O'Brien

Why Poetry Should Break You Apart, According To Philadelphia's New Poet Laureate

You may know Philadelphia for its cheesesteaks and historical sites, but right at the heart of the city is a buzzing, vibrant arts scene. Energized by a diverse array of neighborhoods and strong local identity, poetry is thriving in the City of Broth…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Why 'Stray City' Author Chelsey Johnson Wrote A Queer Novel That Isn't A Coming Out Story

When Chelsey Johnson sat down to write her debut novel, she knew she wanted to write a queer book that wasn't a coming out story. “For a long time, if you ever tried to rent a gay movie — especially in movies but also in books — we always got the co…
By Lacy Cooke

Cleo Wade's Book Is What You Need If The World Feels Like A Little Bit Too Much Right Now

In the introduction to her debut book Heart Talk, artist, poet, and speaker Cleo Wade invites readers to treat it “less like a book and more like a friend or companion,” and she means it. “I definitely write in service to other people, and I always a…
By Sadie Trombetta

How Neil Gaiman Retold The Stories Of Norse Mythology — Without All The Sexism

Winter isn't finished quite yet, and as people across the country prepare for more weeks of driving snows, howling winds, and apocalyptic conditions both natural and political, the old gods of the far North are making their presences felt once again.…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Black Mexican American Poet Hopes To Be A "Curandera" Through Her Words

Poet Ariana Brown was doing a show in Tucson, Arizona when a fellow performer broke out in a rash. Having grown up in the Southwest — San Antonio, to be exact —  Brown is familiar with the local plant life. She set off to find some aloe vera, and wit…
By Virginia Isaad

This New Book Is About Sexual Violence & Human Trafficking — And The Power Of Female Friendship

When I first speak with Shobha Rao, author of the debut novel Girls Burn Brighter, out now from Flatiron Books, she tells me a story. It’s a story about a king who has tasked each of his three sons with filling an entire room in his castle on a budge…
By E. Ce Miller

This Book Tells The Story Of The 17th Century Sexual Assault Survivor Who Changed Everything

Speaking directly to the rising #MeToo and Time’s Up movements is a new novel that you'll definitely want to add to you TBR pile this spring. A timely debut, Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough blends historical fiction with poetry to recreate the al…
By E. Ce Miller

An Afro-Latina Discovers The Power Of Poetry In This Stunning YA Novel

Young adult author Elizabeth Acevedo has been a performing poet for over 14 years, but it was her work as an eighth grade English teacher that first inspired her to write her debut novel The Poet X. Acevedo's students were primarily Latinx, and she …
By Kerri Jarema

Your Favorite Insta Poet Just Released A New Collection About Female Anger & It's A Must-Read

She’s a member of the now-iconic cohort dubbed “Instagram poets” — who, alongside writers like Yrsa Daley-Ward, Nayyirah Waheed, and the bestselling Rupi Kaur, are filling both books and social media with accessible, relatable, and dare I say trendin…
By E. Ce Miller

This New YA Book Is A Fantasy — But It's About The Reality Of Growing Up Black

There are many reasons to write a book, and Tomi Adeyemi wrote Children of Blood and Bone because she had to. Because she was told that this story didn't matter. Not this story, specifically, but the story behind the story of her young adult fantasy …
By Kadeen Griffiths

This New Essay Collection Is An Examination Of Body Image Like You've Never Read Before

“When Amye and I decided to solicit essays for My Body, My Words, we wanted it to be body inclusive, and reveal what it’s like to live with illness, as an overweight person, as an amputee, as a man, as a woman, as neither, as an addict, as a mom and …
By E. Ce Miller

This Memoir Chronicles The Grief Of Losing A Family Member To A Drug Overdose

When comedian, writer, and actor Harris Wittels died of an overdose in 2015, the comedy world publicly mourned the loss of such a talented artist. For fans of his work on Parks and Recreation, The Sarah Silverman Show, and Comedy Bang! Bang!, it was …
By Sadie Trombetta

This New Memoir Is 'Kimmy Schmidt' Meets 'The Glass Castle' & It's A Must-Read

She’s been compared to memoir superstar Jeannette Walls and Netflix sensation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but Tara Westover’s story is wholly her own. In her widely anticipated memoir, Educated, out now from Random House, Westover tells the story of h…
By E. Ce Miller

This Book Explains Exactly Why Your Female Besties Are Actually Your Real Soulmates

I was a freshman in high school when I saw Tina Fey's Mean Girls in theaters in 2014, and it isn't an exaggeration to say it changed my entire outlook on girlhood. For the next decade, I looked at other young women in my life with suspicion, treated …
By Sadie Trombetta