#Saturday Reads

Librarians in Phoenix Become Healthcare Workers

With no city public health department, the City of Phoenix repurposes librarians as public health workers.

The Importance of Pandemic Diaries

It may be that the thought of reading about pandemics sounds like too much too soon, but this reader is here to say pandemic diaries are important.

What Anti-Racism Books Were Americans Requesting At Their Libraries?

The most popular anti-racism books in American digital library collections from March to April 2020.

The Sordid History of Truman Capote’s BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Go behind the scenes, and the book, to explore the history of Truman Capote's BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, and search for the real Holly Golightly.

Why Does Everyone Hate Comic Sans?

Why do people hate the Comic Sans font? What was it created for and who benefits from it? A deep dive into the controversial font.

What Do We Want in a Literary Adaptation?

What makes a good adaptation? A reader identifies four different types of adaptation, and compares them using PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

50 Black-Owned Independent Bookstores You Can Support Today

Bookstores are critical parts of any community. Here are 50 Black-owned independent bookstores you can donate, order, and shop at today.

Jefferson Davis House to Lose Literary Landmark Designation

Taking a look at literary landmarks, their designation, and the recent rescinding of the Literary Landmark status of Jefferson Davis' house.

How a TV Adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE Took Over Ireland’s Airwaves

A reader reflects on the morality-driven backlash against the adaptation of Sally Rooney's NORMAL PEOPLE, as heard on a radio show from Ireland.

The Psychology of a Book Hangover

Why do our heads get stuck in books long after the story has ended? (One quick rec: read a modern comic like Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Lumberjanes, and Saga).

How Publishers Determine When to Release Hardcover Books in Paperback

How do publishers decide when to publish a book in paperback after it has been released in hardcover? A deep dive into the decisions.

What Happens to Our Brains When We Read?

If reading and writing are abnormal activities for the human brain, how well can most of us actually read? One reader embarks on a bookish investigation.

The Thriller is Here to Stay: Exploring the Genre Post–GONE GIRL

Digging into the growth of thrillers and domestic suspense after GONE GIRL.

How Public Libraries Are Handling Summer Reading During COVID-19

Find out how some libraries are shifting summer reading programs into digital spaces, maintaining their communities, and learning from the process.

What Does a Poet Laureate Do?

The position is a great honor, but what, exactly, does a Poet Laureate do? Find out what the Library of Congress asks of it Laureates here.