Have you ever wondered how texting might have changed the dialogue in Les Misérables? Mallory Ortberg, cofounder of The Toast (only the funniest website written by and for ladies) and all around reigning queen of Twitter, has taken this idea and ran with it. Texts from Jane Eyre (Henry Holt Nov. 4 2014) is the beautiful result: a collection of the best imagined conversations with all the characters from the literary classics. What ... Read More
Graphic novels are awesome, hands down. From Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by author, and recently-named 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Alison Bechdel to Persepolis by novelist/ director Marjane Satrapi, some of my favorite books are graphic novels, which is why I was so psyched to see that “Female Force” is issuing a new comic book about the lives of Angelina Jolie, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates and Gloria Steinem.
“We wanted to showcase the strong ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 17, 2014
Scottish artist Katie Paterson is growing books starting with 1,000 saplings, as a part of a 100-year book-art project called “Future Library.” A piece of land in Oslo, Norway is being cleared out for the future-book trees, along with a space for the future manuscripts. Here is the catch though, every year, for the next 100 years, a new author will be chosen to contribute to this library, but these works cannot be read until 2114! So…basically, ... Read More
There’s nothing like being read to; simply put, being told a story makes ya feel loved.Shelter animals around the world deserve to feel special and cared for, and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County thought of an unusual way to nurture their underprivileged cats. As part of the shelter’s new program, kids from Grade 1 to Grade 8 visit the animals and read to them; the shelter reports that the kids’ reading improves and the animals are ... Read More
Though I remain convinced that this year's sweeping Twitter trend, “#readwomen2014,” was the agitated invention of my personal two good friends over a literary-minded meal one day – this movement, whatever its genesis, is gaining plenty of traction. The idea is this: in response to the hundreds and hundreds of years wherein penis-toters dominated literature, science, politics, you name it – we ladies will now do a bit of reclaiming and make ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy
on Dec 12, 2013
With only 3 weeks left in the year, it’s almost time to start making New Year’s resolutions. There are the typical ones: staying healthy, paying off that pesky credit card debt, or landing that promotion. Why not add a few good books to that list too? Mashable and Goodreads have released their picks for the best 2013 releases. Check out our favorites below!
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Interestings is the tale of six creative ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 10, 2013
In today's feature of “How did these people get elected?” news, Governor Phil Bryant from Mississippi is blaming America’s troubled education system on working mothers.
Education is a hot topic in today’s political sphere, and while almost everyone can agree that our system needs to be reformed, how to do so and the causes of our failing education system are highly contested. On June 4th, The Washington Post, The Annie E. Casey ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 13, 2012
Want to feel even better about picking up the latest Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, or J.K. Rowling novel? (Is this September the best month ever for book releases or what?) Check out these vintage ads in support of libraries and reading from brainpickings.org:
Reading isn't just a form of entertainment or a way to open your mind--apparently it can also solve problems like being thrown off a cruise ship, being perpetually ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Jul 03, 2012
Spoiler alert: if you have been living under a rock and have not yet read or watched Harry Potter, first of all, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, and second of all, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. It contains spoilers, and I wouldn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that you can have as soon as you’re done chillin’ with worms. Not that I’m judging.
We ride-or-die Harry Potter fans know all about Lord ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Jul 03, 2012
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side.
Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or ... Read More