What is the criteria for declaring yourself an expert of a certain book genre? Do you just have to be more knowledgeable than the average person? The average reader? Do you have to have read all or most or half or ten perfect of the books in that genre to be a genre expert?
Books have the potential to shape a young person's life and stay with them well into adulthood. Curating recommendations can't simply be a matter of sharing books you loved at that age.
We know that we should be conscious of reading diversely when we're picking up books to put into our eyeballs. But what about the next step? Are we purchasing books as diversely as we're reading?
One rioter reviews the new Barnes and Noble app Browsery, which aims to make it easier for users to find book recommendations from fellow readers.
Contrary to how women are often written by male novelists, we do not sit around thinking about and expressing ourselves through our boobs.
Where's Princess Leia? How about Jessica Jones or Wonder Woman? Oh, exclusively in the women's section. On the erasure of female characters in branded merchandise and why that's bunk.
Does twisting or changing history to suit a story make for bad historical fiction? How should authors approach accuracy in historical fiction?
A reader responds to two essays considering whether negative reviews have an especially damaging impact on marginalized writers.