Morgan Ribera
Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer. A southern gal at heart, she prefers reading on a sunlit front porch swing with a mojito in hand, but for now she'll settle for her closet-turned-minature-library and a glass of cheap wine. When she's not reading or writing, she's juggling an armload of shopping bags or experimenting in the kitchen.

11 of 2014's Must-Read Debuts

In the world of literary fiction, 2014 has been an epic year for debuts. Month after month, readers were hit with a whirlwind of knockouts, and it's safe to say our libraries got hefty boosts this year (while our social lives may have taken a hit).…
By Morgan Ribera

Does Twitter Make Us Better Writers?

"It's the end of language as we know it," "the death of our culture" social media-phobes cried when Twitter took the Internet by storm and quickly began to redefine the way we write and communicate. A social media site that restricts us to…
By Morgan Ribera

This Book is a Knockout With a Wild Heart

Patching brain-secreting gunshot wounds, accessing multi-casualty car accidents, treating seizure-inducing drug overdoses, and cleaning gushing stab wounds: This is all in a day’s work for Piper Gallagher, a 28-year-old fledgling EMT in…
By Morgan Ribera

The 10 Books You Need to Read This October

Changing leaves, warm apple pies, cardigan-appropriate temperatures, and the yelps of football fans — yep, those are the signs that fall is settling in. After recovering from an epic, sweltering summer and back to school, it's time for October. You…
By Morgan Ribera

Q&A: Sarah Waters Talks 'The Paying Guests'

“I'm perennially interested in the past and the way that the past is different from the present. I'm interested in trying to do justice to that difference,” says British novelist Sarah Waters. “I’m interested in trying to capture it and bring it…
By Morgan Ribera

22 Reasons Millennials Love Libraries Too

This may be news that'll surprise you, but a new Pew report released Wednesday confirms it: in the U.S., Millennials are still using libraries as much or more than their parents, DigitalBookWorld reports. And that's great news if I've ever heard it,…
By Morgan Ribera

Read This New Margaret Atwood Work...In 100 Years

Old photographs, handwritten predictions on the future, vintage phonographs and rotary phones, Firbies and Cabbage Patch dolls — these are the kinds of things you’d expect to find in a time capsule, telling trinkets that reflect the decade from…
By Morgan Ribera

A Floating Library and a Bookstore on Wheels

When it comes to reading 2k14, things have gotten pretty creative lately. Florida Polytechnic University just opened a bookless library, and now, there's a floating library in New York City and a traveling bookstore in Europe. Sure, you can step…
By Morgan Ribera

He's Publishing an Adorable Kids' Book, Of Course

Say the words "Reading Rainbow" to... basically anyone with a childhood, and it's hard not to be zipped right to an image of a chipper LeVar Burton with his nose inside a brightly colored children’s book. Now, the iconic TV host is becoming an…
By Morgan Ribera

12 Novels & Shorts You Need to Read in September

Whether or not you're a student, you have to acknowledge that back-to-school season has arrived. September brings with it something kind of . . . academic as students return to the classroom. First days of school are nerve-wracking — new people, new…
By Morgan Ribera

Lois Lane is Getting her Own YA Novel

Remember your favorite DC Comic hero, the tough-as-nails journalist rocking the business casual and the no-nonsense attitude? (You were totally expecting Superman or Batman — I know it.) In 2015, a Lois Lane YA novel, Lois Lane: Fallout, by Gwenda…
By Morgan Ribera

Little House on the Prairie,' Uncensored

Remember the little freckled, pigtailed girl of Little House on the Prairie and her stories of churning butter, sewing rag dolls, and riding covered wagons across the American plains? Well, that charming American saga, a childhood literary…
By Morgan Ribera

Paper vs. Pixel: A New Study Says . . .

I am one of those print copy romantics who holds fast to her massive paperback library. I do use an e-reader when it’s convenient, like when I pack for long trips or read on the go during my daily work commute, but when it comes to engaging deeply…
By Morgan Ribera

Where Do You Read?

All true book-lovers understand that a book underneath your arm is an everyday accessory — an item you thoughtfully select each morning as you would choose jewelry or a matching pair of shoes. It’s an object you have always at the ready in case you…
By Morgan Ribera

Q&A: Marie Bertino on Philly, a "Bratty" City

“There's a smallness, a miracle on a small canvas, that has to happen in a short story, and I've tried to translate that into a novel,” says seasoned short story-writer Marie-Helene Bertino, whose debut novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas (Crown) was…
By Morgan Ribera

The Newest Chapter: 900 Writers vs. Amazon

As the psychological thriller that is the Amazon-Hachette debacle stretches into its third month, the fiery feud is swelling in size and recognition. Now, some authors, who’ve been feeling much like hostages stuck in the crossfire of this economic…
By Morgan Ribera

B&N Teams with Google to Battle Amazon

Print devotees, you may soon have the opportunity to get your hands on a freshly published hardback almost as quickly as downloading an e-book — and you won't have to use Amazon. Teaming up in an effort to compete with their shared rival, Google and…
By Morgan Ribera

The 8 Books You Need to Read in August

I hope you’re on a beach somewhere sifting sand through your toes, sunbathing on a park bench surrounded by lush greenery, or splashing by the pool with a Popsicle in one hand and a book in the other, soaking up every bit of summer that remains.…
By Morgan Ribera

Call Ishmael and Chat About Your Favorite Book

“What if Ishmael had a cellphone?” Yes, that Ishmael — the one from Moby Dick. It was a question that lit-lover Logan Smalley and a few of his colleagues came across while discussing (okay, tipsy discussing) their favorite novels at a divvy…
By Morgan Ribera

The '50 Shades' Movie Looks Better Than the Book

E.L. James groupies are in a joyful tizzy today. The fiercely anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film trailer has finally dropped to their erotic delight, and Twitter is alight with response. But the most shocking part about the sultry compilation is not…
By Morgan Ribera