Books

'My Home Library' Hopes To Close Book Gap

A part of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, My Home Library helps close the book gap by delivering books on kids' wishlists to their doorsteps. Children from working-class families in the Houston area can each select six books to receive through the program, which is funded via tax-deductible $30 donations from the public. Book wishlists from students at Houston's Browning Elementary School and other schools in the pilot program will appear on the My Home Library website sometime nex…

By Kristian Wilson

Benjamin Alire Saenz Is Going On Tour!

The author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is back with a new young adult novel hitting store shelves this March. Benjamin Alire Sáenz is going on tour to promote The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, out Mar. 7 from Clarion Books. I've got all the tour dates for you below, so keep reading, book nerds. Sáenz has been writing for more than two decades, and is the author of 12 novels and children's books, two short-story collections, and five books of poetry. He won the PE…

By Kristian Wilson

This Inauguration Day Bookstore Special Is Amazing

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's short treatise on women's rights, We Should All Be Feminists, will be free on Inauguration Day at Broadway Books of Portland, Oregon. On Jan. 20, Broadway Books will hand out copies of We Should All Be Feminists on a first-come, first-served basis, with a one-per-customer limit. This isn't the first time someone has attempted a wide distribution for the Nigerian feminist's manifesta. Beyoncé sampled audio from Adichie's 2012 TEDx Talk — on which We Should All Be Femini…

By Kristian Wilson

This Initiative Fights Islamophobia Through Books

Because attacks on Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent are on the rise throughout the western world, this "Counter Islamophobia Through Stories" initiative from KitaabWorld is just what we need right now. The diversity-in-publishing campaign wants to promote positive children's books written by and about Muslims. I've highlighted five of their choices below. Islamophobia in the U.S. is worse today than it was on 9/11, aided in part by Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, and further boo…

By Kristian Wilson

Action-Oriented Newsletters To Join In 2017

2017 is going to be a terrifying year. Now more than ever the phrase "Watching the world burn," seems accurate. What this means, simply, is that people have a choice. They can either watch passively as politicians attempt to strip away human rights, or they can get involved and do something. Now obviously it's not as easy as "getting involved," especially for folks who don't come from backgrounds of organizing and/or activism. For many, the election of Donald Trump is the first time they've ever…

By Jayson Flores

PSA: Don't Fake Trump Tweets To Promote Your Book

Isaac Marion has a Warm Bodies sequel coming out in February, but he's chosen a rather odd way to promote his zombie Romeo and Juliet story. The author faked Donald Trump tweets to promote his new book, The Burning World, and tried to defend his actions by claiming his tweets were "political satire" and "parody." There are Twitter accounts that parody Trump; this ain't one of them. I'm all for clever marketing campaigns, but trivializing the abusive behavior of an immature and reactionary man w…

By Kristian Wilson

How To Host A Book Club In The New Year

It's already halfway into January — do you know how your New Year's resolution is going? If you promised yourself you would read more in 2017, the best way of accomplishing your goal is learning how to host a book club in the new year. With the right group of fellow readers and the extra pressure of regular deadlines, your finished book list has the possibility to have some serious growth this year. If you've ever been in a book group, than you know how fun they can be. A great way of engaging w…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

You Should Read Ottessa Moshfegh's Strange Stories

There are some books that are so good, you just want to curl up in them and never leave. Then there are others, like Ottessa Moshfegh's newest story collection, that make you squirm in your seat as you read them, the kinds of stories that make you want to close them after a few pages, but that are simultaneously impossible to put down. That is exactly what makes Homesick for Another World an uncomfortable read you have to experience for yourself. Like a gory movie you can't tear your eyes away f…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

Literary Valentine's Gifts For Your Bookish S.O.

The drug store candy aisles are overflowing with conversation hearts and chocolate boxes, department stores are hard at work promoting the ideal gift for him or her, and every time you turn on the TV, you're guaranteed to see an ad for jewelry "just right for that special someone." That's right, it's officially Cupid season, which means it's time to find the perfect literary Valentine's Day gift for the person in your life who prefers reading accessories to roses any day. No matter what the occa…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

This Money Mistake Could Be Costing You $100 A Day

There are entire books — okay, an entire cottage industry — on how to ask for a raise. And yes, without one you could lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. But it drives me nuts that so many personal finance writers imply a raise is the only thing that matters. For some women, what I call the “gender investing gap” (the fact that women are less likely to invest than men) may be costing us even more. That’s why I believe the best career advice is this: Inve…

By Sallie Krawcheck