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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Chelsea Clinton Thinks You Should Read These Books

Another week, another New York Times Book Review By the Book article. This week, the Times is talking to author and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, and I've got the 12 books Chelsea Clinton thinks you should read below. Actually, that's not entirely true. Chelsea Clinton has waaaaay more than a dozen books to recommend. Seriously, she has seven books on her nightstand right now, and I'm a little worried about its structural integrity. Right now, Clinton is reading Secondhand Time by Svetl…

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Nebula Awards Nominees Are So Diverse This Year

On Monday, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) unveiled the 2016 Nebula Awards shortlists, including the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. I've got all the nominees for you below. The 2016 Nebula Awards shortlists are wonderfully diverse this year. In the Best Novel category alone, four of the five nominees are women, three of the five are writers …

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On Diversity In Kid-Lit

A few months after the birth of her first child, one Nigerian writer wants more African authors to get involved with kidlit. Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wants books African children can relate to. Accurate representations of post-colonial life, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, constitute an important, but overlooked, facet of literature-diversification efforts. Authentic representation matters, and getting African authors to write authentic stories is the first logical …

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10 Mind-blowing Novels About Space Travel

With a lot of folks fleeing hostile governments across the globe, and with astronomers excited about the discovery of seven potentially habitable planets, now seems like a pretty good time to read some novels about space travel. Because what's a better way to change your life than to leave the whole planet behind? On Wednesday, University of Liege researcher Michael Gillon announced that seven Earth-sized planets were discovered in orbit around Trappist-1: a cool, dwarf star roughly 40 lightyear…

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See The Winners Of The PEN America Literary Awards

You can get your new year off to a good start by reading an award-winning book that you didn't crack open in 2016, so check this out: Helen Oyeyemi has won a PEN Award for her short-story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Oyeyemi will take home her PEN Open Book Award after a ceremony on Mar. 27. Helen Oyeyemi's What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours was one of 10 titles selected for the PEN Open Book Award longlist back in December. The award is granted to "an exceptional book-length work of …

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Prof. Who Predicted Trump's Win Is Writing A Book

Need a nonfiction book for this year's reading challenge? Save it, because the professor who predicted Trump's win is writing a book on impeachment. American University professor Allan Lichtman has been right about the results of every presidential election since 1984, and now he has another prediction: the 45th President of the United States will be impeached during his first term. Since last autumn, Lichtman has been outspoken regarding his "gut" belief that Trump will face impeachment. He has…

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This LGBT-Friendly Fairytale Is A Must-Read

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the LGBT children's book Promised Land is now available. In Promised Land, New Zealanders Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris have created "a place where no one cares if you are straight or gay," and the importance of that message — for children of all genders and sexualities — cannot be understated. Promised Land tells the story of Leo and Jack: a prince and a farm boy who fall in love in an idyllic kingdom. When the queen remarries, Leo's slimy new stepfather…

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Love To Write — And Shop? This Is Your Perfect Job

Malls in America have had a tough break since the 1980s, but the country's largest shopping megaplex has managed to survive a quarter century of economic booms and busts. Now, the Mall of America wants a writer-in-residence to document its 25-year history, so if you're a creative type who's looking for a job in Bloomington, Minnesota, this just might be your calling. Sporting everything from A&W to Zumiez, the Mall of America also features the largest indoor amusement park in the U.S., Nickelode…

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How To Read Walt Whitman's Long Lost Novel

The result of a discovery that could change our perceptions of the transcendentalist writer, Walt Whitman's lost novel is now available to read for free online, courtesy of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Editor Ed Folsom says The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle shows that Whitman's "fiction and poetry were mingling in ways we never before knew." The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle was originally serialized in the now-defunct Sunday Dispatch in 1852, and was written around the same time a…

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Tom Hanks Is Publishing A Short-Story Collection!

A little more than two years after The New Yorker published his first short story, "Alan Bean Plus Four," Sully star Tom Hanks is publishing a short-story collection. Uncommon Type: Some Stories will be Hanks' first book, and it has a fabulously retro cover that you've just got to see. In "Alan Bean Plus Four," Hanks put readers in the shoes of the titular Alan Bean: a NASA astronaut who was the fourth man on the moon. In an interview with The New Yorker, he says that "Alan is probably the only …

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