Welcome to our first #wcw of 2016! With just a few weeks under our belts, this round we're featuring the women we're looking forward to reading this year! Be it a new title by our favorite author set for release in the coming months, revisiting our favorite literary heroines to motivate us for the year ahead, finally picking up that recommendation or that classic we've always been meaning to get into, or looking forward to a totally new story we've heard about --- we're excited about the literary ladies we'll get to experience in 2016! Here's hoping that this year encourages even more diverse, complex and exciting girls and women in literature and beyond.
In the past, it was much easier, even though they told me not to do it: Walking around a Borders, looking for that latest paperback to grab and read on the plane, and spying a cover that caught my eye. Nowadays, with the closure of brick-and-mortar bookstores and the explosion of online shopping, it’s much harder: judging a book by its cover.
Happy Holidays, and happy #wcw! Unseasonably warm as it is, December is half done and 2015 is coming to a close. This year saw so many incredible titles --- and so many wonderful women! We’re still working for female authors to receive the same support and recognition as male authors (the NY Times 2015 top male bestselling authors outnumber the females roughly 2:1...eurgh) but this year did showcase some truly wonderful stories by and about women! Today we feature the most inspirational, the most masterful and the most relatable ladies of literature in 2015. These girls and women emerged on the page this year, but they will be sure to stick with us for many years to come.
“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;--
’Tis the wind and nothing more!”
--Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” 1845
Happy #wcw! In honor of the Halloween season, we're featuring the girls and women of genre fiction: females of sci fi, horror and fantasy! The ghouls, demons, witches and creatures of literature aren't all Frankenstein and his monster --- and let's not forget that it was a woman who began the entire contemporary sci fi genre and created Frankenstein and his monster in the first place!
Like Dorothy says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but when she touched down in Oz I bet she didn’t think it would take over a decade to get back to her roots. Dan Vado knows what it’s like. The owner of Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and creator of the Alternative Press Expo
(APE) returned to San Jose, California, October 3rd and 4th for an outstanding expo showcasing independent artists, creators and publishers.
As one of this season's most highly anticipated novels, Lauren Groff'
s FATES AND FURIES
is everywhere. I received my copy last week and since then I've seen copies on the subway, in coffeehouses and even in a few restaurants. Focusing on the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde, FATES AND FURIES offers readers to wildly different perspectives of a shared relationship over the course of two decades.
On a recent trip to England this past summer, I was lucky enough to get an intimate tour of the Dennis Severs' House
in the Spitalfields neighborhood of downtown London. The initial point of my trip abroad was to visit my sister and her fiancé (who live across the pond), drink tea at 4pm like the locals, and eat some downright delicious Indian food --- my favorite! But, you know how things go: just when you snuggle comfortably into vacay-relaxation mode, some very cool opportunities come up that cannot be missed.
You know that a book has officially surpassed the bestseller range and attained the elusive category of ‘phenomenon’ when everyone from your office IT guy to your crazy cat-lady neighbor has heard of it. In the last decade, few books have been able to accomplish this feat, but once it happens these works are, for better or for worse, forever cemented into our cultural cannon. There have been a handful within recent memory: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Gray, and most recently, Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller GONE GIRL.
Over my summer staycation I read a number of Young Adult (YA) books. About 15 of them! I remembered why I love this category; tight plotting and typically edgy stories. Here are some that I particularly loved and recommend.