Culture writing and fiction has appeared at Vanity Fair, ELLE, the New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Men's Journal, Electric Literature, The Millions, Joyland, Hobart, and more. Formerly Bustle's Senior Culture Editor, directing books coverage. Grew up in New York on a hearty diet of punk rock, and now eats a lot of kale. Give me all the sulawesi toarco.

Latest Articles

17 Of 2016’s Most Anticipated Books

When I sat down to write on 2016’s most anticipated books, I figured I would have perhaps a dozen to tell you about — that it’d be a pretty compact list with a few solid highlights. Over about a month...
By Meredith Turits

13 Of October 2015's Best Books

After the onslaught — yes, that's really the only way to say it — of September releases that ushers in the fall reading season, you might still be digging yourself out of a reading wish list that seem...
By Meredith Turits

One Of YA's Biggest Names Answers 5 Qs On Feminism

If you're a literature-lover, young adult fanatic, feminist, or, well, woman, it's hard to have missed talk of Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours. It's with good reason: the Irish author's debut YA nove...
By Meredith Turits

Here Are Amazing 10 Fiction Reads To Pick Up ASAP

If you're among the fiction-obsessed, you've been waiting for the day the 2015 National Book Awards Fiction Longlist gets announced all year (until, you know, the shortlist comes out... and then the w...
By Meredith Turits

Chelsea Clinton Talks To Us About Her New Book

I read a lot in public to no great event, but lately, one book caused me to get stopped by strangers; people wanted to know about it. As I shared, I got excited — and that's when I knew this book was ...
By Meredith Turits

This Prize-Winning Novelist Was Rejected 44 Times

There comes a point in any writer's life during which she will face rejection, whether it's by agent, editor, or prize committee — if she ever gets to one of those points to begin with. You'd think Jo...
By Meredith Turits

Jack Livings Just Snagged A Seriously Great Prize

Happiness commence! On Monday night, Jack Livings won the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for The Dog: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which was unveiled during a ceremony at New York City's N...
By Meredith Turits

The 17 Best Books Of The Summer

Bring on the barbecues. Bring on
By Meredith Turits

Well, This Is A Very Prize-Worthy Group Of Books

Sometimes it's hard to get excited about literary awards. There are just so many of them. I'm always happy for the winners, of course, but with, like, nine given out per week, you golf clap and move o...
By Meredith Turits

13 Pro Tips For Writing The Best Personal Essay

If you’re a writer telling your own story, you want your piece to do two important things: pop on the page, and reach the right audience. So, how to write a personal essay that’ll not only tell your s...
By Meredith Turits

How To Stand Up To Stereotypes Through Writing YA

Stereotypes about women are everywhere. I don't have to tell you that — you know it's one of the many reasons why we have this thing called "feminism," and why we're constantly pushing to raise our vo...
By Meredith Turits

That's Not Angelou's Quote On Her "Forever" Stamp

Well, this story is pretty awkward. According to the Washington Post, the quote on the new Maya Angelou "Forever
By Meredith Turits

Me, My Dad, And Sports

Two minutes and forty-four seconds remained in the Wisconsin versus Kentucky NCAA Men’s Basketball semifinal when our Brittany spaniel, Brice, peeked his head into the den of my childhood home. He had...
By Meredith Turits

Walmart Bans MMA Fighter's Memoir For Violence

On May 12, you'll be able to read the story of a female cage-fighter's way to the top. But you won't be able to get it everywhere. Walmart has banned Ronda Rousey's memoir My Fight/Your Fight for bein...
By Meredith Turits

The 2015 Bailey's Prize Longlist Is Out

If there's one thing you can take away from the names on the 2015 Bailey's Women's Prize For Fiction Longlist, it's this: You have a lot of reading to do. As you (probably) know, every year, the insan...
By Meredith Turits

'The Paris Review' Got Elena Ferrante In-Person!

If you search "elena ferrante identity," you'll pull up more than 50,000 results on Google. "Who is Elena Ferrante?" asks T magazine; "Elena Fer
By Meredith Turits

The 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2015

2014 was a solid year for reading. I'm sure you know that by now: you've blown through that huge TBR pile on your nightstand month after month; you've spent hours discussing with your friends the top ...
By Meredith Turits

Our Books Writers Pick Their Fave Books of 2014

One of the terrible, unfortunate side effects of writing about books is that you have to read them. I know — our jobs are arduous, and we might as well quit now instead of spending our precious free t...
By Meredith Turits

The Book Gifts That Even Booksellers Want

When books are your job, the last thing you're likely to put on your holiday wish list is another book. I can speak from experience, and so can the staffers of the great Strand Bookstore in Union Squa...
By Meredith Turits

Book of the Month: 'All My Puny Sorrows'

Should a person get to elect when her own life ends? In Miriam Toews' novel All My Puny Sorrows (McSweeney's), that's the big question. It's a timeless question, but also a timely one, following the d...
By Meredith Turits