Anne Mai Yee Jansen

Anne Mai Yee Jansen is a literature and ethnic studies professor and a lifelong story addict. She exists on a steady diet of books and hot chocolate, with a heaping side of travel whenever possible. Originally hailing from the sun and sandstone of southern California, she currently resides with her partner, offspring, and feline companion in the sleepy mountains of western North Carolina.

Feminist Phantasms: Recent Haunted House Novels by Women Writers

Many critics have noted the interesting implications for gender in haunted house stories. These eight new titles, including Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith, explore them.

Quiz: What Work of Speculative Fiction Should You Read Next?

Speculative fiction is a huge category with many subgenres. Take this quiz to get a recommendation for a recent speculative fiction book you'll love, like Noor by Nnedi Okrafor.

15 New-ish Black History Books for Kids

These beautifully illustrated Black history books for kids about (mostly) lesser known Black historical figures will educate and inspire you, including The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson.

Books to Boost Young Readers’ Cultural Literacy

These middle grade books tackle current issues as well as representing views that are underrepresented in mainstream culture.

What is “Urban Indian Literature,” Anyway?

Urban Indian literature is an important category of literature that does the dual work of being entertaining while correcting stereotypes.

Quiz: Which Off-The-Beaten-Path Cat Book Should You Read?

A paws-itively perfect quiz for cat lovers and enthusiasts.

Devilish Delights: Exorcise Your Mind With These 8 Horror Books About Demons

Get your coziest blankie ready and plug in your night light! These horror books about demons will have you looking over your shoulder.

2022 Bookish Calendars for the Readers on Your Holiday List

Whether you're buying a gift for the book lovers in your life or getting one for yourself, these 2022 bookish calendars are sure to please.

Fondness and Fatalities: 8 Books That Mix Love With Murder

Love and murder go together like stake and eggs (heh). Enjoy these sweet and steamy reads that also include some light murder, like Arsenic and Adobo.

Bookish Halloween Eye Candy to Treat Your Home (and Yourself) To

There’s no reason the kiddies should be the only ones who get treats. Here's a list of Halloween decor inspired by classic tales of terror.