Tracy Shapley

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all around ne’er do well, non-traditional (that's a polite way of saying old) undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her partner Sean, their two cats Dry Bones and Gristle, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

100 Must-Read Almost-Prize-Winning Books

Excellent books that were short-listed for major literary awards (but didn't win)

6 Things You Should Know if You’re Considering the Pulitzer Challenge

Want to read all the Pulitzer fiction winners? Here are a few tips!

Plane English: 8 Books to Take on Your Next Flight

Short and engrossing books to take on your next airplane trip.

Blending Bookshelves: My Quest to Embrace Chaos

On embracing the chaos that comes with blending bookshelves with your partner.

What I Learned During My Year of Supporting Local Authors

What one reader learned during a year of trying to support local, lesser-known authors.

6 Ways to Be a Bookish Do-Gooder

How to make the world a better place via books!