Tika Viteri

Tika has tucked herself into an apartment in Oakland, CA, ruled by two grey cats and an extremely finicky fiddle-leaf fig named Ruth Bader. She has also surrounded herself with enough gin, books, plants, and yarn to last a lifetime; her taste in all four leans highly colorful. When not reading and knitting, she can be found boxing, running (reluctantly), or yelling about politics online.

Great Aunts of Literature

What role does the aunt play in literature? A look at aunts of literary history and why they're such great characters.

Literary Scandals: Who Was the Real-Life Dracula?

Gather 'round, fellow gossipers, as we discuss the literary tea surrounding Dracula. The real inspiration for the iconic vamp will shock you.

2021 World Fantasy Awards Announced

This year's World Fantasy Awards were announced this weekend. Check out the winners across each category.

Trust the Process: Learning to Draw from Books

During lockdown, I decided to try my hand at learning to draw and paint as a total beginner, using books as my guide. Here's how it went.

A Polite Plea for a Biopic of Emily Post

The fascinating history of Emily Post, woman behind etiquette guides and so much more — and why she deserves a biopic ASAP.

The Beauty and Magic of Local Cookbooks

Whether you're missing a favorite restaurant or spicing up your home cooking routine, local cookbooks are a great addition to your shelves.

9 of the Best Books by Native Alaskans and Hawaiians

To celebrate the ties that bind Alaskans and Hawai’ians, here are some of the best books by Native Alaskan and Hawai’ian authors, including The Tao of Raven by Ernestine Hayes and Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen by Queen Liliuokalani.

Show Love for Love With These Bookish Romance Goods

Deck your body, your novels, and your home with these outstanding bookish romance goods.

What is Samhain?

An explanation of Samhain and how it differs from Halloween, with reading suggestions to learn more about this holiday.

Japan-Inspired Fantasy Novels

Read your way into some spectacular fantasy reads inspired by Japan and Japanese culture.