Kristian Wilson is a freelance writer and editor from the rural American South. She writes. She reads. She plays video games. She also sleeps sometimes. Talk to her about blankets, ampersands, and the Oxford comma.

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NYT's Top 10 Books Of 2016 Has Some Surprises

It's December now, which means it's time for us all to review the year's best-ofs. To that end, The New York Times' top 10 books of 2016 features not only expected and welcome faces, but a few surprises as well. Much of what's unexpected here lies in the Times' omissions, so let's dive in a little deeper. The most pleasant surprise here is The New York Times' inclusion of two books in translation. Translated literature makes up just 2 to 3 percent of the books published in English each year, so …

By Kristian Wilson

George R.R. Martin Thinks Clinton Could Have Won

In a Q&A video from Guadalajara, Mexico's International Book Fair, we learned that George R.R. Martin thinks Hillary Clinton could have won the election, if only she'd taken a page out of Daenerys Stormborn's book. A fan asked Martin, "Which of your characters would you say is most suitable to be a leader nowadays, and why?" The A Song of Ice and Fire author replied, "You know, probably Tyrion," to cheers from the audience. He went on to list Tyrion's intelligence, ruthlessness, and "certain…

By Kristian Wilson

'Cursed Child' Tops Amazon's 2016 Best Seller List

Book nerds are capping off a year of unpleasant surprises with a palatable ending. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tops Amazon's 2016 best seller list, coming in first on both the children's and overall lists. It's the first time a play has ranked in Amazon's Top 20, so Cursed Child's authors, fans, and other playwrights have reason to celebrate. Unfortunately, J.K. Rowling and Cursed Child are outliers on Amazon's overall list, where women authored or co-authored only eight of the 20 titles. …

By Kristian Wilson