#Saturday Reads

A History of Audio Storytelling: From Radio to Audiobooks and Podcasts

Audio storytelling has made a comeback with podcasts that recreate the Golden Age of Radio. Here is the history and future of the format.

Coffee Table Books: Their Origin, Precursors, And Rise to Popularity

Ever look at the tome on a coffee table and wonder why coffee table books are a thing? Consider this brief history of coffee table books.

Dead Woman Poets Are Not Your Punchline

Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton have become cultural jokes for teen girl angst. How can we reclaim their complicated literary legacies?

Lil Nas X, Unapologetic Queerness, and the Books I Wish Upon My Past Self

The outcry against Lil Nas X's unapologetic queerness prompts a queer reader to write to her teen self about the books that might've helped.

10 Facts About Madame d’Aulnoy Who Coined The Word Fairytale

Madame d'Aulnoy coined the term fairy tale. She also tried twice to kill someone and was way more popular than Perrault. Find out more!

A Nerdy History of The Ampersand

A short history of the ampersand: where it started, what it means, that time it was part of the English alphabet, & more!

Recent Funding Cuts to Accessible Books for Canadians With Print Disabilities Will Be Devastating

Recent devastating funding cuts to accessible books for Canadians with print disabilities will have dire consequences.

Pandemic Advice From Literature (And Diaries) of the Past

Everyone has advice for getting through this challenging time. Let's hear from those who lived through pandemics past in fact and fiction.

What Makes A Good Sex Scene?

What makes a good sex scene? Readers, writers, and editors weigh in on the complex art of a well-executed steamy scene.

The Dostoevsky Dash: The Reasons for Dashed Out Information in Literature

If you've read some classics, you've probably run across names and places replaced by a dash. But what is the Dostoevsky dash?