Ashley Holstrom

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

Repurposing Old Books: Options!

Have old books no one wants, that can't be sold, or are too damaged to read? Here's what to do with them.

Why We Need Young Memoirists

In defense of young people writing memoirs.

Reading Pathways: Augusten Burroughs

Where to start with the work of Augusten Burroughs.

A Literary Drinking Game

Sometimes writers have quirks that show up in everything they read. This game will make them way more fun to deal with.

100 Must-Read Books in and about Chicago

Mystery, coming-of-age, adventure, history, sociology, race, class. We have it all. All with Chicago at the heart.

True Life: I Keep Spreadsheets for Lending Books

When you've loaned books out and never gotten them back, sometimes you need a tracking system. Sometimes that system is a spreadsheet.

Gotta Pun ‘Em All: The Classics as Pokemon

Crime and Ponyta. Gone With the Weedle.

The Everlasting Magic of English Teachers

How English teachers can inspire a lifelong love of reading

Genre Kryptonite: Books about Nesting

Books about making your house a home.

Literary Tourism: Murals of Adorable Oak Park, IL

Take a tour around the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, and check out the incredible literary murals throughout town.