Julia Rittenberg

Julia is a professional nerd who can be spotted in the wild lounging with books in the park in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Media Studies from Pratt Institute. She loves fandom, theater, cheese, and Edith Piaf. Find her on Twitter @Juliaismagic.

A Bookish History of Fandom

From handwritten letters and zines to LiveJournal and then TikTok, bookish fandoms continue to reinvent themselves to stay relevant.

8 of the Best New Comics Out In September

September brings exciting graphic novel and comics new releases in an array of genres and styles, including Kate Beaton's new graphic memoir, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.

A History of the Midnight Release Party

How did the midnight release party for big name book releases get started, and is there still room for them in an age of instant downloads?

10 Books Set in Paris

From Hugo to Baldwin, some of the greatest stories have originated in Paris cafés and restaurants. Find the best books set in Paris, including The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee.

8 Plays to Read Aloud with Your Book Club

If you're looking to shake up the usual book club format, consider reading these plays as a way to make meet-ups more engaging.

How Many Words Did Shakespeare Invent?

It's in the hundreds. Find out how many words and phrases Shakespeare invented, along with a breakdown of how words are "invented."

8 Comics About Loneliness To Make You Feel Less Alone

When I’m feeling isolated, I tend to turn to art, including comics. Comics about loneliness oddly make me feel a lot less alone.

8 Memoirs by LGBTQ Elders You Need To Read

The first Pride event in the United States was a riot. When learning about queer history, memoirs by LGBTQ elders are a great place to start, including A Two-Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby and Mary Louisa Plummer.

What Makes a Good Biography?

The story of a life is vast and can take many shapes, and whose stories get told in the first place shape the way we view history.

Who Reads Book Reviews?

If you’ve ever wondered who reads book reviews and what purpose they serve, here are a few different perspectives,