Maggie Shen King’s debut, An Excess Male, tells the story of how China’s one child policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men, and how one such leftover man’s quest for love and family runs against a state seeking to glorify its past mistakes and impose… Continue reading Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male
We sat down for a Q&A with America’s First Daughter authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, talking about historical fiction, presidential families, epistolary collections, and so much more! What books and authors are your historical fiction inspirations? We have so many inspirations! When it came to writing this book about Patsy Jefferson, we were certainly… Continue reading Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie: America’s First Daughter
Happy Pub Day to Emmi Itäranta! Emmi’s new novel, The Weaver, tells the story of Eliana, a model citizen of the island and a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs, who has a secret: she can dream–an ability that’s strictly forbidden. When a young girl is found unconscious with her tongue cut out, the only clue… Continue reading Happy Pub Day: Emmi Itäranta’s The Weaver
We are pleased to announce the adoption of Night Song, by Beverly Jenkins, in a cross-listed African American Studies/English course at the University of South Carolina. Taught by Dr. Qiana Whitted, the special topics course is titled Slavery, Literature, and Popular Culture, and will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester.
by Sarah Beth Durst I was ten years old when I decided I wanted to be a writer. Being a writer seemed like an impossible dream, akin to my earlier career goals, which were either become Wonder Woman or be crowned princess of the unicorns. I didn’t know anyone who was a writer. As far… Continue reading Why Strong Female Characters Are Important in Science Fiction and Fantasy
by Maya Rodale As an avid romance reader and writer with two degrees in the history of the genre, I’m a passionate believer that romances should be taught in school—and studied in English lit courses, writing programs and examined for what they say about politics, gender, everything! Rather than being just light entertainment, romance novels… Continue reading Maya Rodale’s Top 5 Romance Novels for a Women’s Studies Course
by Eva Leigh I can’t remember the first romance novel I ever read. I wish I could say that it has been forever branded into my memory, and after reading its opening lines, I knew right then that I wanted to write romance. But the truth is that those first few titles are lost to me,… Continue reading Duran Duran, Judith McNaught, and Me