Maddy Foley
Maddy Foley is a New York-based, Midwestern-born writer, bookseller, farm grrl and glitter expert. Currently at Columbia University's School of Journalism.
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The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Has Been Accused Of Making Inappropriate & Lewd Comments

If anything has been learned from the #MeToo movement, it's that abuse of power, in the form of sexual harassment, assault and intimidation, is a seemingly universal trend. No matter the setting or the profession of those involved, sexist behavior se…
By Maddy Foley

This Travel Guide Is Here To Explain Why Vacations Are Political Choices

For those of us who grew up watching public media, the sound of travel documentarian Rick Steves' ever-cheerful "Keep on travelin'!" sign-off conjures up images of the bespectacled Steves putting around ancient, cobblestoned European squares, drinkin…
By Maddy Foley

Children's Publishing Is Having A #MeToo Reckoning, Thanks To An Anonymous Survey

Sitting in front of her computer, author Anne Ursu was scared. Terrified, even. Ursu, an award-winning children's book writer, was about to publish a survey examining the scope of sexual harassment within her own literary community: children's publi…
By Maddy Foley

'The Maze Runner' Author Was Dropped By His Agent Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series, has been been dropped by his literary agent, according to the Associated Press, amid anonymous allegations of sexual harassment. Dashner's agent, Michael W. Bourret, confirmed the report in a statement…
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10 Funny Valentine’s Day Memes You’ll Relate To Whether Or Not You’re In A Relationship

Ah, yes, Valentine's Day. That one day in February when red satin and pink lace seems to cover every inch of every surface in every retail store, when your inbox is chock full of ads for floral arrangements, and when people all over America begin to …
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The Author Behind 'Shadowhunters' Is Taking A Risk That Could Shake Up Publishing

"What's the one weird project you've always wanted to do?" This is author Cassandra Clare's favorite question — the one she asks of nearly every creative person she meets. Clare, the prolific young adult author behind the The Mortal Instruments, buil…
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How A New Literary Award Could Get More Americans To Read Translated Books

It's been a stellar week for those who deal in translated literature. In a post on their website published on Wednesday, the National Book Foundation has announced that they would be adding a fifth National Book Award for translated fiction and nonfi…
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You Won't Believe How Many People In The World Actually Own A Copy Of Harry Potter

I remember the very first Harry Potter book I ever owned - and I have a feeling the same can be said for the majority of millennials (and Gen Xers, for that matter). When The Boy Who Lived swept through our imaginations, a whole new world — quite lit…
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No, A Blue Moon Isn’t ACTUALLY Blue — Here’s What It Will Really Look Like

The magical, whimsical idea of a "blue moon" has enchanted humanity for centuries, and with good reason: It's a sign of hope and of rarity. It only happens every few years, after all. But, considering its name, you might be wondering: is a blue moon …
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iBooks Might Be Getting A Major Redesign & It Could Change The Way You Read In A Big Way

Beta testers of Apple's latest iOS update, 11.3, have begun pointing out a subtle, but potentially significant, rebranding of a classic feature: iBooks has been renamed as "Books," and users see this as more than just the omission of that "i." Yester…
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The 7 Books That Taught Me How To Love Being Alone

We are taught that there is shame in being alone. For women, in particular, there lurks the implication that no one is ever willingly by themselves. There's this idea that o one wants to be single (and if they say they do, they're just kidding themse…
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This New Study Claims You're Actually An Adolescent Until Well Into Your Twenties

In a new study published in The Lancet on Jan. 17 by a team from Melbourne's Centre for Adolescent Health, led by Dr. Susan M. Sawyer, the argument has been made for an alteration to the age span that falls within adolescence. No longer should the ag…
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That Hot Flag Bearer You Had A Crush On In 2016 Just Qualified For The Winter 2018 Olympics

One of my favorite parts of the Olympics has always been the Opening Ceremonies — watching every country march in, proudly in uniform, carrying their flag. It's a parade comprised entirely of people living their dreams and yes, I do get very emotiona…
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People Discovered A Creepy Figure Lurking In This Bachelorette Photo & It Will HORRIFY You

Nothing like a deeply unsettling ghost story to start your week off good and spooked, right? Right. These bachelorettes had a supernatural guest at their party — and now everyone is freaked out. According to the group, whose photos from this past su…
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J.K. Rowling Just Debunked A Major Harry Potter Myth On Twitter

When the Harry Potter series first hit shelves in 1997, readers around the world eagerly began trying to identify the real-life landmarks that may have inspired the wizarding world. King's Cross was home to the infamous Platform 9 3/4. Hogwarts drew …
By Maddy Foley

Elena Ferrante Is Writing A Weekly Column & The Internet Is Freaking Out

The Guardian announced earlier today that Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous best-selling novelist and creator of the Neapolitan series, will be penning a weekly column for their newly-launched "Weekend" magazine, part of the company's design overhaul …
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New York Just Made It Incredibly Difficult For Prisoners To Get Access To Books

Banning books has long been considered a harbinger for totalitarianism. This idea, that books are a tool of justice, that in their absence we lose our independence, feels particularly poignant considering the recent news that book donations have bee…
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15 Nonfiction Books That Should Be Essential Reading For Every Journalist

I hate to be the 500th person to use this as an opening line, but 2017 was a weird year. Without even beginning to touch the ways in which the world burned, literally and figuratively, 2017 was the year my own life completely changed direction and se…
By Maddy Foley

Here’s Why You Should ALWAYS Change Your Contact Lenses When You’re Supposed To

For those of us who grew up wearing glasses, the day we could start wearing contacts was a day for the history books. I remember that I was in seventh grade, I felt like the star of a back-to-school episode of Degrassi, and I vowed never again to ret…
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The Unique Thing You Should Try In 2018, Based On Your Sign

Whether you like it or not, 2018 is on the horizon. We survived another year, dudes. So, what better way is there to celebrate than to engage in something truly odd, truly bizarre, and truly unexpected? Something that gets you out of your comfort zon…
By Maddy Foley