literary fiction

Oprah's New Book Club Selection Has A Matching Playlist & It's The Perfect Reading Soundtrack

If you like to mix music into your reading routine, you're in luck, because the playlist for Oprah's new book club pick is almost as good as the book itself.Author Tayari Jones has put together a Spotify playlist for her critically acclaimed novel, A…
By Kristian Wilson

Female Representation In Fiction Is WORSE Now Than In The 1800s, According To Experts

According to new research from the Universities of Illinois and California, Berkeley, female representation in fiction was better during the Victorian Era than it is today. Researchers found that women authors wrote 50 percent of works published in E…
By Kristian Wilson

Every Reader Needs To Eliminate This Phrase From Their Vocabulary

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, literary authors wrote in pursuit of the Great American Novel: the unicorn of a book that would define the unilateral American experience. In the 21st century, many writers and readers still dream of happeni…
By Kristian Wilson

A Jane Austen Roleplaying Game Means You Can Actually Live Out Your Mrs. Darcy Fantasies

Gamers and Austenites, take note! There's a Jane Austen roleplaying game blowing up on Kickstarter, and you're going to want to get in on all of the marriage-and-manners action before it's over. Good Society: A Jane Austen Roleplaying Game lets you c…
By Kristian Wilson

This Jane Austen Letter Is In Code, But Harry Potter Fans Should Be Able To Crack It

New York City's Morgan Library and Museum owns a unique piece of Austenania: Jane Austen's 1817 letter to her eight-year-old niece, Cassandra Esten Austen. Austen wrote the letter, which sends New Year's wishes to young Cassandra, in code, and reads …
By Kristian Wilson

This Book From 1874 Could Potentially Kill You If You Touch It

Atlas Obscura is a one-stop shop for your next conversation-starting fact, but a Tuesday article might disturb book dragons everywhere. Shadows from the Walls of Death is a collection of wallpaper samples published in 1874, but it's also the one book…
By Kristian Wilson

21 Books That Should Be On Every High School Curriculum

There's been a lot of debate in recent years over what books should be included in students' English curricula, but I think we can all agree that there are some books schools need to teach their students. Reading fiction increases empathy, an all-too…
By Kristian Wilson

Model Lily Cole Was Appointed To A Literary Society & A Male Member Quit In Protest

The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893 to preserve the literary and artistic legacy of authors Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë and their brother Branwell, has become embroiled in a controversy involving their newest "creative partner" — Camb…
By Kristian Wilson

9 Diverse Books To Read With Your Book Club In 2018

Just like that, and 2017 is already over. It may have been a rocky year, what with the continued threats to the environment and the weekly destruction of basic human rights, but as far as reading goes, this year was one for the books. If you're looki…
By Sadie Trombetta

These 15 Literary Romances Make The Perfect Book Club Pick

A lot of book clubs will not touch the romance genre, but that doesn't mean you can't do some romantic reading with your friends, family, and coworkers next month. I have 15 literary romances for your next book club pick, because they won't leave you…
By Kristian Wilson

The 17 Best Fiction Books Of 2017 Prove It Was A Knockout Year For Feminist Lit

While 2017 has been pretty wild (to put it mildly), there's been one glorious silver lining: there has been some truly incredible new fiction released in 2017. In her National Book Award acceptance speech, Sing, Unburied, Sing author Jesmyn Ward spok…
By Melissa Ragsdale

December's 11 Best New Novels Include LGBTQ Holiday Romances & Post-Apocalyptic Adventures

There's no better time than the end of the year to indulge in a good book. December 2017 is bringing with it some wonderful new fiction releases. After a year of remarkable fiction, it's only fitting that we're closing 2017 with some extraordinary bo…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Author Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Lena Dunham Of "Hipster Racism" In Open Letter

On Sunday, What We Lose author and Lenny Letter contributor Zinzi Clemmons called for women of color to stop contributing to Lena Dunham's career, revealing that she would no longer contribute to the Girls creator's Lenny Letter newsletter. In a lett…
By Kristian Wilson

17 Debut Novels By Women That Took 2017 By Storm

As a book lover, one of my all-time favorite ways to close out each year is by recognizing the books I’ve spent all year reading — including (and especially) those amazing debut novels I never saw coming. Each year tons of debut novels make their way…
By E. Ce Miller

These 11 Fiction Books Out This Month Will Keep You Hooked 'Til The Very Last Page

Is there anything better than a piping hot new read? Fresh from the minds of some truly excellent writers, here are some delicious fiction new releases coming your way in November 2017. Better than Thanksgiving pie and mashed potatoes, these books ar…
By Melissa Ragsdale

What To Read Next, Based On What You Order At Starbucks

Sometimes, you just need a hot beverage and a good book to make your day a little bit brighter. So if you are on the lookout for new reading inspiration, I have an idea of which novel you should read next, based on your Starbucks order. I can't name …
By Kristian Wilson

There Are Way More Men Reviewing Books Than Women & That's A Huge Problem

In less than surprising news, the 2016 VIDA Count shows that not much has changed where women in publishing are concerned. Since 2010, the annual survey has examined dozens of literary magazines to analyze who is getting reviewed and who is doing the…
By Kristian Wilson

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Shouldn't Be Banned, But Students Do Deserve Better

By now, you've probably heard the news that Mississippi's Biloxi Public School District removed Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from its curriculum, on the grounds that it "makes people uncomfortable." What the school board misses is that T…
By Kristian Wilson

The 5 Under 35 List This Year Is Entirely Comprised Of Women

Every year, the National Book Foundation announces its 5 Under 35 honorees — young authors who have published a debut novel or short-story collection in the previous five years — in the hopes of launching new writers into the literary stratosphere. F…
By Kristian Wilson

10 Famous Authors Revealed Their Favorite Books To Goodreads

As part of the month-long celebration in honor of its 10th anniversary, bookish social network Goodreads has asked 10 of your favorite authors to share their 10 favorite books with the rest of us. Get out your TBRs, book nerds, because you're going t…
By Kristian Wilson