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Lauren Groff, the award-winning author of Fates and Furies and Arcadia, gracefully shut down a Harvard Gazette interviewer who asked how she balances work with family. “I understand that this is a question of vital importance to many people, particularly to other mothers who are artists trying to get their work done, and know that I feel for everyone in the struggle,” she responded. “But until I see a male writer asked this question, I’m going to respectfully decline to answer it.” The interview, which you can read in full here, continued...
 It has been ten months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Since then, we have seen horror stories come out of the island, as well as stories of true heroism. We've seen grassroots organizations come together to send over supplies, and have learned of the heroes on the island literally saving lives. Although Puerto Rico is no longer actively in the news, those helping Puerto Rico have not stopped their efforts. While the cable news cycle may be obsessing over the president’s latest tweet, people...
Recently, a group at The American Library Association voted that the career achievement award that bore Laura Ingalls Wilder's name since 1954 (when she won it) be changed, and her name removed. In a statement, the ALA said that the decision was made in part because Wilder's books "reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities." If you're a Laura Ingalls Wilder superfan, like I am (I wrote an entire book about my fandom, The Wilder Life:...
  Ivelisse Rodriguez’s short story collection Love War Stories (Feminist Press) shares a name with the final story it contains. In the short story, a group of young girls go to war with their mothers over the concept of love: “Just the summer before—fighting, yelling, believing—me, Yahira, Alexa, and Ruthie and a host of other girls would tell love stories,” Rodriguez writes. “And our mothers would tell antilove stories. And we did this every week in Springdale Park for three years until we went off to...

Our June/July 2018 book reviews are now online! Check out BUST’s favorite reads this spring, including new books by Peggy Orenstein, Franchesca Ramsey, and Tayari Jones. Don’t forget to subscribe here! All The Names They Used For God: Stories By Anjali Sachdeva(Spiegel & Grau) “He waits for me to tell him what I want, what to do. What comes next,” concludes the fifth story in Anjali Sachdeva’s debut short story collection, All The Names They Used For God. “And who knows the answer to that?” No one...
“…there are periods in a man’s life when he finds the society that walks on four feet a welcome relief from the society that walks on two.” The Fallen Leaves, 1879. Victorian author Wilkie Collins is often referred to as the father of the detective story. His novels, such as The Woman in White and The Moonstone, are counted among the first mystery novels ever written and are still some of the finest examples of mystery fiction you can read today. In addition to being a...
  Most of us are familiar with comics such as Archie or Peanuts, but not everyone is familiar with the graphic novel -- the longer form medium that uses illustration and writing to tell a more involved narrative. While comics have emerged as early as the mid-19th century, the drawn novel only rose to public reception beginning in the mid-1960s. Since then, many works have garnered cult adoration, such as Art Spiegelman's 1986 Maus, an account of the athour's father's experiences as a Jewish person in...
There has been a rise in LGBTQ representation in the book and movie industries recently. With movies like Love, Simon on the big screen and plenty of novels to choose from when giving Pride Month book recommendations, we can see the tide changing when it comes to opinions about LGBTQ characters and their stories. In a sea of rainbow labels and diversity declarations, I was drawn to the cover of the 2018 book All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout The Ages....
  Tara Wray, author of our photography interview series Lady Shooters, just released a new photo book called Too Tired for Sunshine (Yoffy Press). The book explores depression through photos representing life's daily moments in a way that is both whimsical and dark. Wray utilizes absurdism and dark humor to portray the realities of mental illness. Wray is a photographer, writer and filmmaker living in rural Vermont. She is from Kansas but considers Vermont, where she shot most of the book, to be her adopted home. The images were...
Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa numbers under 150 pages, but the slim book with a beautiful cover—pale pink with a green branch—contains much depth in its pages. The novel—Matlwa’s third, and a nominee for South Africa’s Barry Ronge Fiction Prize—follows a young woman, Masechaba, who has finally achieved her dream of becoming a doctor, a dream brought on by menstrual health problems she suffered as a young girl: excessive bleeding, fainting, and pain that caused her to “[tell] Ma I wanted it taken out, cut away...