#Bookish History

The Scandalous Life of Natalie Clifford Barney

The life and legacy of Natalie Clifford Barney, a drama-prone lesbian known for her many lovers, fantastic parties, and literary salons.

Who Was Richard Scarry?

The work of Richard Scarry has been beloved by generations of young readers. This essay looks at his life, prolific work, and lasting legacy.

What’s Up With Special Edition Hardcovers?

We’re seeing more and more special edition hardcovers of recently released books. Why is that? Let’s take a look.

The Storied History of Reader’s Digest

Reader's Digest has been a cultural staple for over a century. Take a look inside to learn about its history.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Publishing Everyday Stories

A look at the history of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, including what it was like being published by the franchise as a teen.

The Neglected Tale of the Tougaloo Nine and their 1961 Read-In

In 1960s Mississippi, nine Black students put their lives on the line to fight for equal access to public libraries.

A History of Margaret K. McElderry Books

Margaret K. McElderry Books is 50 years old. Here's how it, and its founder, changed the landscape of children's literature

These Books have an Edgy Secret: A History and Gallery of Fore-Edge Painting and Art

From 1600s British literature to Sarah J. Maas books on TikTok, fore-edge painting is an enduring art form that adds even more magic to books.

Speaking Truth To Power: A History of Political Cartoons

For hundred of years, commentators have spoken truth to power and sparked heated public conversations using political cartoons.

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?