Pro-Choice Orgs to Support This Week

[Note: today’s blog post is less literary, more civic action-minded. Because, America.]

What a week. These past few years, I think I’ve uttered that phrase every few days. This week’s been no exception. On Thursday, May 16th, the Missouri state Senate passed a bill that "would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later, except in cases of medical emergency. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.”

Here are some organizations that help women and folx with uteruses get the reproductive healthcare they have a right to:

Dystopian Fantasy for Our Cultural Moment

It seems like hardly a month goes by without hearing that dystopian literature is trending, or it’s making a comeback, or that a certain classic dystopian novel is selling inordinately well for an octogenarian book. One thing’s for certain—whether you call it dystopian fantasy, YA, or dystopian novels—these stories are here to stay.

Some would say we’re in the golden age of dystopian fiction—probably because many readers turn to books either to understand or escape the dystopia around them.

Writer Spotlight: On the Inimitable Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things to Me. Hope In the Dark. A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Storming the Gates of Paradise. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. These are just a few of the titles written by the writer Rebecca Solnit, a brilliant prose writer, sharp cultural critic, and vocal environmental advocate.

In addition to writing some twenty-odd books on feminism, western & indigenous history, and power & social change, among other topics…

Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Our favorite April weekend is almost here! Independent Bookstore Day takes place each year on the last Saturday in April, making April 27th the official #IndieBookstoreDay2019! This year, the entire bookish community is celebrating the 5th annual Independent Bookstore Day, with over 500 bookstores across the United States hosting different parties, readings, promotions, and other events.

Celebrating Strong Women, Female Friendship, & Literary Sisterhoods

Happy International Womxn’s Day*, humans! Today’s holiday focuses on celebrating womxn and their accomplishments, while simultaneously recognizing that equality & equity are ideals we’re working towards—not something we’ve already achieved. This year’s IWD theme is #BalanceforBetter, a call to action to create a gender-balanced world, with more equitably balanced representation in boardrooms, media coverage, government, literature…and more!

Some of our favorite female characters, girls and women, model deep, rich relationships with others in their stories—friends, sisters, cousins—and this week, we want to highlight a few whose adventures between the pages we’ve read, loved, and looked towards as models for friendship and sisterhood:

What We're Reading Now: Conversations with Friends

Did this February seem particularly dreary everywhere, or just in rainy LA? There’s been so much rain on the West Coast that it’s felt a bit like Ireland—very green and very, very damp! Dublin, Ireland is also the setting of the only book we finished this month: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney.

It may not have kept up with our New Years reading resolution, but this fantastic novel was everything I want in a rainy-day read: with great dialogue and vivid images that make the reader feel not only that you’re in the story, but oh!—how much you’d like to step into the rooms with them.