Christine Ro

Christine writes about books for Literary Hub, VICE, and the Ploughshares blog. She occasionally writes about other topics, because someone once told her (although it seemed implausible) that there’s life outside of books. Blog: https://www.christinero.com

Which Version of THE PLAGUE Is More Relevant to COVID-19?

Camus's THE PLAGUE and Kevin Chong's retelling touch on grimly familiar aspects of a pandemic--here's how each book resonates with our current reality.

Contemporary Censorship in New Zealand

The long, ongoing tradition of highly organized censorship in New Zealand sparks interesting questions around responsibility, taste, and expression.

50 Must-Read Comics about Friendship

Graphic novels/comics about friendship, whether that's with animals, classmates, colleagues, superheroes, ex-lovers, or ordinary flawed adults.

4 Moving Books About Caring for Aging Relatives

From Japan, India, the US and South Korea, here are a few books that explore the experiences of caring for aging relatives.

The Best Online Columns About North American English

Here are a few fascinating internet series, columns, and blogs about the North American English language (from American and Canadian perspectives).

5 Crime Novels Where the Crime Is Beside the Point

Maybe it's mood, or debate, or wit--each of these crime novels focuses not so much on the crime, but on other themes and aspects of storytelling.

Searing Literary Explorations About Racial Stereotypes

Language is the building block of stereotyping. These books and quotes dig into the ways racial stereotypes are baked into our every day vernacular.

6 Comics About Mental Illness

Fictional and autobiographical comics that illustrate how it feels to live with a mental illness.

7 Ways Libraries Are Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Anti-opioid programming is important for inclusion, awareness, and even life-saving. Here are 7 ways libraries are combatting the opioid crisis.

The History and Current Decline of Abridged Audiobooks

The history of abridged audiobooks: when they peaked, how technology has shaped them, how companies have innovated them, and who still listens to them.

The Processes for Deciding English-Language Fiction Prizes

Literary prizes can be useful ways of highlighting certain books. How the heck do the Caine, Booker, Not the Booker, and Pulitzer Prizes get chosen?

The Economic Case for Supporting Libraries

Libraries do so much for so many, but what about the economic evidence of these benefits? Learn about the return on investment of libraries.

Bring On The Awwws: 10 Sweet And Cute Comics About Love

I’ve got a small, stony heart, yet these comics made even me crack a smile or an “Aww.” Check out these comics about love.

6 Tips for Slow Reading

In a world that’s geared toward speeding up, we've got advice on how to read slowly, from reading out loud to choosing the right books.

Your Intro to Manhwa and Webtoons

Manhwa is the Korean version of manga. This is what you should know about this genre and where to get started with the best recs.