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.

George R. R. Martin Sort Of Explained Why 'Winds Of Winter' Still Isn't Out

For diehard fans of the Game of Thrones books, the past few years have been... frustrating, to say the least. The last entry in the Song of Fire and Ice series, A Dance with Dragons, hit shelves nearly seven years ago. The plot of the award-winning…
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J.K. Rowling's New Robert Galbraith Book Is Out Today & Here's What To Expect

No matter the subject — or the intended audience — J.K. Rowling, perhaps better known, in this instance, as crime author Robert Galbraith, is an expert at world building. Even if the world is the seedy underbelly of contemporary London and not…
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10 New Poetry Collections Competing For The Nation's Biggest Literary Prize

The power of the National Book Awards rests in its simple mission: to honor the best books in America. Now in its 68th year, the National Book Awards honor the brightest in fiction, nonfiction, young people's literature, poetry, and works in…
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How To Read More Than One Book At A Time, According To People Who Do It

It's the bookworm dream: being able to cruise through multiple books at the same time. I mean, not literally at the same time. But to be like Rory Gilmore, with a bus book and a lunch book and a book of poems when you're in a poetry kind of mood and…
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Catch Up On The Plot Of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Before Seeing The Movie

Extreme opulence, drama, family drama, romance and then also more drama — Crazy Rich Asians has all the makings of a summer blockbuster, and based on its opening day success, it seems like we've got a winner on our hands. But if you're a consummate…
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Finished Reading 'Crazy Rich Asians'? Try These 8 Books Next

Last week, during a much-needed, 48-hour trip to the beach, I pulled out a book I'd been saving for just such an occasion: Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, the blockbuster of a book whose film adaptation is set to hit screens any day. And as I opened…
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Readers On Twitter Are Celebrating #BookLoversDay In The BEST Ways

While the origins of National Book Lovers Day are shrouded in mystery, the observation guidelines are pretty clear. On August 9, bookworms across the world take a moment to emerge from behind their book covers, log onto social media and talk all…
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8 Podcasts To Subscribe To If You Want To Join A Book Club Without Leaving Your Home

There are those who read, and those who love to chat about what they read. For the latter demographic, it can be tough when it feels like you're the only one in your friend group who loves to talk books. But hark, and listen: Here we are, in the new…
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Support Indie Publishers By Buying These 11 Books In The Second Half Of 2018

National Small Press Month may have passed us by several months ago, but my love for independent publishers is a year-round obsession. It's no secret that there's a diversity problem within the mainstream book world. White editors select white…
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This New Award Celebrates Immigrant Writers & You Need To Know The Finalists

At the heart of the United States' current immigration firestorm lies the myth of the American identity, which certain factions claim to be stalwart, never-changing, never-shifting. But the finalists for a new literary award honoring immigrant…
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5 Folktales From Around The World That Would Make Incredible Movies

If you ever find yourself combing through the library stacks in search of a book of folktales, you should know it won't be found next to your favorite novel. Fairy tales and folklore are not classified as "fiction" in the Dewey Decimal system, the…
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Who Owns Harry Potter? What J.K. Rowling's Series Can Teach Us About Copyright Law

It was summertime in Georgia when Chels Harvey discovered fan fiction. Harvey, then 10 years old, was spending the season cooped up at home while their mother worked. On one lazy afternoon, as their brother digitally tromped through Neopets.com,…
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9 True Crime Books That Would Make Thrilling Movies

True crime has always been popular, but it seems to have become wildly popular genre over the last few years. Every week, it seems, a new true crime movie is added to the Netflix queue and every week, I find myself gazing, glassy-eyed at the screen.…
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If You Love 'Sharp Objects,' Read These 9 Books With Equally Unreliable Narrators

I can still remember opening to the first page of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects nearly three years ago. Within a handful of hours, I'd burned through most of the book, pulled in deep by the voice of Camille Preaker, the protagonist and narrator of…
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The Best Debut Books Published By Female & Gender Non-Binary Writers This Year (So Far)

Three years ago, Kamila Shamsie published a call to arms in The Guardian: The writer challenged the publishing world as a whole to publish books penned exclusively by women for a whole year. That year? 2018. And while most publishers did not pick up…
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Reddit Users Are Sharing The Horror Books That Kept Them Up All Night Long

There are books that are scary — maybe they have a ghost, or a witch, or a zombie, and when you read them late at night, alone, they give you the chills. And then there are the books that are straight up terrifying. The ones that get under your…
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3 YA Writers Tell Us Why They Wrote Books With Asexual Protagonists

As soon as the calendar pages swish to June, it feels like a collective voice erupts, shouting, "It's PRIDE, baby!" For those who identify as the "A" of the LGBTQA spectrum — A for "asexual" and "aromantic" — there is an extreme lack of visibility…
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The 4 Books That Made Me Fall In Love With New York, Even Before I Lived Here

The lobby of the suburban Cleveland JCC smelled like chlorine and Lemon Pledge and sun. It was early in the morning, and as I waited to be called into my interview for a camp counselor position, where I would ultimately spend the summer wrangling…
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Ursula K. Le Guin Wrote One Final Book Of Poetry — And It Could Be Published With Your Help

This fall, a new tome of poetry may be hitting the shelves — but its author, Ursula K. Le Guin, will never witness its debut. Le Guin, the prolific writer who passed away in January 2018, was a visionary creator - and now her final work, a poetry…
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Reddit Users Say These 13 Books Are The Ones To Read If You're Feeling Down

We're all familiar with comfort foods — snacks that bring back a memory, that taste good, that lift our moods no matter how awful a day we've had. But for lit nerds, there is also the small, deeply loved collection of "comfort reads" — the books…
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