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Alice Walker, poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the literary classic The Color Purple, will be answering fan questions on Facebook during a live stream video broadcast tonight at 5:30pm EST. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Walker answer questions from her readers, or to ask questions yourself!  Join her on Facebook, where she welcomed everyone to take part in the conversation: "I had so much fun talking to my Facebook friends in February that I've decided to do it again! This Friday, May 6th at 5:30 EST I...
Photo by Ari Seth Cohen As we get older, it’s easy to worry about our looks and to fear invisibility. The antidote to that is Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s online homage to older people’s street style. His second book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser (out April 26 from powerHouse), features photos of amazing women and men from around the world who make every day a performance with their wardrobes. Forget invisibility, these gorgeous seniors shine in their fabulous getups. The book also includes a...
This April is the 20th National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by curling up with a good book? While most of us can name at least a few women in the field, here’s a list of contemporary poets you may not be familiar with. 1. Claudia RankineRankine is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and has published five volumes of poetry, two plays and various essays. Her 2014 book, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the PEN Open Book Award, in...
Amber Tamblyn is a FON— a Force Of Nature. You don’t say no to a force of nature when she asks you to interview her for BUST. You just jump in. The tirelessly energetic and visionary actress, poet, and activist is currently celebrating the publication of her third volume of poetry, Dark Sparkler (out April 7), a sequence of works based on the deaths of young women in Hollywood, both known and unknown. It’s a memento mori, a meditation on human value, a commentary on the uses and abuses of young women in a torturous profession, a statement on...
Remember when you were young and malleable, and kickass female protagonists told you anything was possible? These ten children's book heroines taught me incredibly valuable life lessons, and I still return to these books as a grown woman to remember their timeless wisdom. From Matilda's magic powers to Pippi Longstocking's superhuman strength, these ten fearless females give us the keys to live out our most enchanted and exuberant lives. 1. Reading gives you magic powers. Matilda Wormwood is the ultimate heroine. Born into a family that doesn’t love or...
The author of the novel Re Jane discusses why Jane Eyre’s Rochester isn’t all that.I am no fan of Mr. Rochester, though I recognize these are fighting words for Jane Eyreheads everywhere. Jane is eighteen to Rochester’s almost forty years of worldly (and, ahem, carnal) experience. When he speaks to Jane, he barks—commanding her when to come and go. He blatantly flirts with another woman and forces Jane to sit in the parlor and watch. He deceives her, first with minor offenses: dressing up as...
  Move over, Rory Gilmore. If tongues can be sharp, and words are our weapons, then women who read are dangerous. That's what Karen Joy Fowler wants to convey in the new book Women Who Read Are Dangerous. The book includes paintings from throughout the history of art that portray women reading. The book features over 70 artworks by artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. Women Who Read Are Dangerous is available now.  A young girl reading by Jean-Honore Fragonard Our...

Looking for some new spring reads to flip through as you sit in the park for the first time of the season? Check out these awesome page-turners!  1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories by Helen Oyeyemi  (Riverhead Books)  Nigerian-British writer Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of interconnected short stories is a worthy follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2014 novel Boy, Snow, Bird. In What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Oyeymi takes readers from Spain to England to the Czech Republic and across generations, ages, races, nationalities, genders, and...
Sylvia Plath, poetess and patron saint of college kids everywhere discovering their feminism, we salute you! To honor the feminist icon, here are some of the best Sylvia Plath quotes to bring out your inner Lisa Simpson:  "This is the silence of astounded souls." Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. Endure, endure, and the syllables harden like stoic white sheets struck with rigor mortis on the clothesline of winter. It was my first big chance, but here I...
It’s been five years since the release of Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants, and five years later it continues to be the most important piece of literature in my life. I read it for the first time on a beach vacation the summer before I went off to college, and it blew my world right open. In my opinion, this book belongs on the same shelf as The Second Sex, A Room of One’s Own, and The Feminine Mystique. Bossypants permanently changed the way I think...