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Book Critics Don't Exist To Flatter Your Taste

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts

“Unlike critics who write about film or food or music, book critics are rarely required to engage with popular material,” Jennifer Weiner...

Rising Literary Stars Dress Up As Their Favorite Book Characters

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts

Every writer began as a reader, a brilliant new photo feature from New York Magazine's The Cut reminds us. The Cut photographed and interviewed five ...

Why I Write

Abra Deering Norton | Posted 10.16.2015 | Women
Abra Deering Norton

Why do I write? Because I have to, because if I don't -- I'm not quite whole.

What Happens When The President Interviews A Humble Author From Iowa

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.14.2015 | Arts

In her first book of collected essays, novelist, teacher and lecturer Marilynne Robinson wrote that, while she’s thankful for her academic care...

Successful Women Walking the Tightrope between Motherhood and Career - What Helps? What Hurts? An Author Speaks Out

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts?

Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Books Had A Great Emmys Night, Despite Andy Samberg's Best Efforts

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts

"The Emmys are all about celebrating the best of the year in television," 2015 Emmys host Andy Samberg proclaimed on Sunday night during his opening ...

What Became of Rosebud?

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

Despite the fact that three act structures are out of fashion these days, my second act--my current career as a composer and my life as a man and father--clearly represents my mother's third, and final act.

My Rosebud

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

At age eight, during the summer of '69, one of the most comforting sounds I knew was the sound of Mother's manual Royal typewriter.

A Love Letter To Elena Ferrante, Whoever She May Be

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts

Is she as fantastic up close as she seems on paper? Is she a big, fat, talentless phony? Why does she keep to herself? Is she, in fact, a man? The ru...

Hopping Through Time With Ursula K. Le Guin

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts

In a 1966 novel, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote about a little device -- about the size of a lunchbox -- that allows its owner to communicate across land ma...

The Bottom Line: 'Paulina & Fran' By Rachel B. Glaser

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts

When Paulina first notices Fran, she’s drawn to her blonde ringlets, quiet jokes and inventive outfits. These traits may sound like a shallow b...

Women Authors Need Your Support. Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts

Thanks to the change-inspiring VIDA count, we already know men are disproportionately represented in major book reviews, with some outlets covering f...

16 Things Sexist Male Writers Say To Female Writers

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Christine Stoddard

"Adult women's writing isn't that much different from what they wrote as angsty teen girls. Boo-hoo, sorry you didn't get Prince Charming."

'Brushback,' A Conversation With Sara Paretsky

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Sara Paretsky is the award-winning author of the V. I. Warshawski detective novels. In 1982, when Sara wrote Indemnity Only, she revolutionized the mystery novel by creating a hard-boiled woman investigator.

Happy Birthday, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Despite strife and money troubles, illness and depression and The Great Depression, their honeymoon went on for the next twenty years. If you don't believe that, just read Scott and Zelda's letters to each other.

This Shocking Book Cover Sums Up The Sneaky Sexism Of Literary Publishing

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

The casual store-window browser could be forgiven for thinking the book jackets below conceal entirely different texts. One, festooned in eerily lumi...

Katherine Brooks

53 Plays Written By Women That Deserve Your Attention | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts

"Really, producers? Really" Suzy Evans pled in a 2014 piece for American Theatre, mimicking the comedic angst of Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers. "The...

Do Not Delete Your Memoir

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Sharon Van Epps

Here is Brown, using her huge national platform at a supposedly feminist website, to remind other women that their personal stories don't matter, but if they are going to bother to try to write anyway, they should just write like a man.

They Gave My Husband Credit for Something I Wrote

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Rhoda Jordan

People just assumed that my husband must've been the writer who'd come up with the script. Because how could a woman come up with such words? How could a woman create such badass art? How could a young actress who looks the way I look create such sharp, dark, rude fits of expression?

Women Writers Live Life Out Loud at BinderCon LA

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 06.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Meghan O'Dea

Buying that plane ticket to BinderCon was also the best decision I ever made. It was a decision informed by the kind of gut instinct that comes only when your life is about to change. Today I'm sitting in sunny Los Angeles, still buzzing from another amazing BinderCon weekend.

Follow Your Gut, and Find a Trusted Editor: A Q&A With Carey Salerno of Alice James Books

Janice Sands | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In this second installment of my conversation with Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press with an emphasis on women writers, Carey shares some additional insights on the future of publishing and achieving success as a writer.

What It's Like to Be an Evil Jewish Divorcee

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.25.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I will never understand why women don't have the right to write, perform, be, exist, divorce or lead without a man feeling the need to judge, lord and criticize us at every turn only to end the battle against us with 'Oh, and she's very ugly.'

6 Women Writers You Should Be Reading

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books

Last week, we asked editors at The Huffington Post to share which books they think all men should read, as a way of subverting the typically macho rou...