#Educational

Lualhati Bautista Might Become the First Filipina to be Published by Penguin Classics

In a white and male- dominated classics genre, authors of color are starting to get off the sidelines, including this Filipina writer.

What Is Women’s Fiction?

What is women's fiction? Where's all the "men's fiction"? We dive into the use and history of this term, and where the genre is going.

The Birth and Evolution of Gaslamp Fantasy

What is gaslamp fantasy? It's partially Victorian fantasy, but more than that, as its boundaries are blurred with other speculative genres.

What Was The First “YA” Book?

Do you know what the first “official” YA book was? Here are a couple clues: it was written in 1942 and has been in print ever since.

Major Book Statistics About Readers: Pandemic Edition

Here's how the pandemic has affected book statistics for sales, readership, and kids' reading fluency over the last two years.

What is a Literary Salon?

From majlis in the pre-Islamic Arab world to Gertrude Stein in Paris to Black Twitter, the literary salon has transformed, but it endures.

Books for Understanding Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

A reading list to better understand the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, from examinations of past conflicts to more current events.

The Book That Inspired the Harlem Renaissance

Many credit a particular book with ushering in the Harlem Renaissance, especially as it related to literature. That book: Cane by Jean Toomer.

The Science and Recent History of Bookstore Design

There's a myriad of online options for book buying. So what goes into the physicality of bookstores to make them appealing to book buyers?

The Strange History of the Oddest Title of the Year

A brief look at the Bookseller/Diagram Prize of the Oddest Title of the Year with interviews with winners of 2021 and 2020.