International Women’s Day

Some great lists of female-authored books, in honor of International Women’s Day:

  • VIDA, an organization that focuses on gaining critical attention for women’s writing, has a great list of life-changing books by women up at LitHub. The list features several books I’ve read and loved, including The Girls Who Went Away by Anne Fessler, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Some female authors I love who aren’t on these lists: Shirley Jackson, Amy Hempel, Flannery O’Connor, Aimee Bender, Kyung-sook Shin, Paula Bomer, Karen Russell, Ruth Ozeki, and Donna Tartt.

Who are your favorite female writers? What are you reading in honor of International Women’s Day?


Recommendations: Books about Healthy Relationships for Tweens & Teens

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Dating violence among teens is a big issue: according to Loveisrespect, an organization dedicated to helping teens in unhealthy and abusive relationships, one in three US teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a partner before they reach adulthood. But parents and educators who teach kids about what a positive, respectful relationship looks like — and how to identify an unhealthy one — can make a huge difference.

So this February, start talking to your kids about what healthy relationships look like! By sharing these stories, and talking about what makes real love so empowering and special, we can help the next generation find the loving, respectful partners they deserve.


Read more: 20 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens & Teens About Healthy Relationships.


Why One Author Decided to Self-Publish

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“I can’t deny getting dumped was an eye-opening experience. One minute I was a celebrated and successful debut novelist; the next I was hurled unceremoniously onto the ever-growing scrapheap of authors who are neither big names nor debuts.”

Read “I didn’t want to resort to self-publishing, but it’s an exhilarating change” by Louise Walters at The Guardian Books Blog.