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Leah Rachel von Essen

Leah Rachel von Essen is a writer and editor who gets most of her reading done while walking. She works full-time as a magazine assistant editor, while also reviewing for Booklist, writing for Book Riot and other publications, writing her blog, and working on writing and querying her novels. She uses her spare time to watch women's soccer, travel, and sometimes even sleep. Originally from New Jersey, she came to the South Side of Chicago to study magical realism, surrealism, fairy tales, religious studies, and the forms of the novel at the University of Chicago. She, her cat Ms. Nellie Bly, and her two large bookshelves live reading-and-walking distance from Lake Michigan. Leah writes about the books she's reading at While Reading and Walking. Twitter: @reading_while

Christopher Paolini Releasing a New Book in the World of ERAGON

Seven years after Christopher Paolini's BRISINGR wrapped up the bestselling Inheritance Cycle, the author is releasing THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM.

Visit 15 of the Oldest Libraries in the World

I think it’s a rule that every book lover has dreamt of opening their eyes and seeing a gigantic library ...

Book Etiquette 101: Crushing the Signing Line Without Being a Jerk

A guide on how to be polite, the best and helpful at book signings, all while still getting the maximum number of books signed.

How Authors’ Openness on Social Media Makes Reading Better

When authors are open and honest about the writing process, like V.E. Schwab was with VENGEFUL, it benefits both readers and aspiring writers.

Why You Can’t Read the Classics Too Early

One Rioter believes we can't read classics too early, or at too low a level of experience—because gate-keeping the classics only hinders us all.

Traveling Alone Isn’t Lonely with Books

I travel alone a lot. Some of my friends aren’t good savers, some of them aren’t full of wanderlust, and ...

3 Under-Hyped Upcoming SFF Must-Reads

We all know the super-hyped fantasy releases coming out this year. But here are three science fiction and fantasy novels that might not be on your radar.

Take Our Star Wars Quiz: Which Star Wars Heroine Are You?

The Resistance battles a fascist dark force and army, inspiring us to stand up to hate. Take our Star Wars quiz to find out which heroine you are.

Finalists Announced for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards

Authors including Carmen Maria Machado, Sofia Samatar, and J.Y. Yang are finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards, to be presented in November.

5 Music Essayists You Should Be Following in 2018

Here are five music essayists to follow now in order to better understand the art, and how shows and albums reflect our culture and lives.

Reading Pathway: Zadie Smith Books

Here's where to begin with the writing of iconic novelist and essayist Zadie Smith. Dig into Zadie Smith books from WHITE TEETH to NW to FEEL FREE.

22 Upcoming Releases by Authors of Color Featured at BEA

New and upcoming releases that got attention at this year's Book Expo America!

Literary Tourism: A Legacy of Poetry in Buffalo, New York

One day after another— Perfect. They all fit. —”One Day” from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley: 1945–1975, accessed online ...

Reading Pathway: Where to Start with Toni Morrison Books

Do you want to get started reading Toni Morrison books? Here are recommendations on where to begin, and where to go from there, to introduce yourself to her works.

6 Books to Read if You Fell in Love with Janelle Monáe’s DIRTY COMPUTER

Here are six book recommendations for anyone who saw themselves in Janelle Monáe's DIRTY COMPUTER, and wants similar science fiction and fantasy content.