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.

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, I jotted down the titles I was excited about,…
By Meredith Turits

10 Of 2015's Best Debut Books

The books I look forward to most each year are the debut books: nothing surpasses reading something by a new author and knowing how hard he or she probably worked to get that very first work in print. 2015's best debut books are a fantastic list —…
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 seems entirely unmanageable. The nice thing about…
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 novel, which came out on this side of the pond in…
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 winners...). Today's your day: the list of 10…
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 already on its way to doing what it's meant to…
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 John Spurling, who just won the £25,000 2015 Walter…
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 New School. The award comes with serious prestige, but…
By Meredith Turits

The 17 Best Books Of The Summer

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 on. But the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for…
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 story the way you want it to, but also stand out…
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 voices to get us seen for who we are, asking for…
By Meredith Turits

Have You Heard Of Joan Walsh Anglund?

On Tuesday, the USPS unveiled a new Maya Angelou "Forever" stamp. But there was one itty bitty issue: the quote on the stamp, attributed to Angelou, was by another writer: Joan Walsh Anglund. (Yeah, oops.) So, who is Joan Walsh Anglund? That's a…
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" stamp issued by the U.S. Post Office doesn't belong to Maya Angelou. It belongs to poet Joan Walsh Anglund. And in case you're keeping…
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 to go out. My father sat on the corner of the…
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 being too violent. Because fighting. The book,…
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 insanely prestigeous literary prize honors the…
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 Ferrante, Author of Naples Novels, Stays Mysterious," the New York Times reads. The Italian novelist, author…
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 titles you've read (a talk that lasted late, late…
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 time getting sucked into lush prose and vibrant…
By Meredith Turits