Why Learning History Was So Much Easier in China, a guest post by Xiran Jay Zhao

Ever since I started sharing stories from Chinese history online, many people have asked me “How do you know so much of this, Xiran? Are you a historian?” I am not—my degree was in biochemistry. And the truth is that I don’t consider myself an expert of Chinese history, just a mildly knowledgeable enthusiast. My … Read more

Library as Laboratory: New Lightning Talks Announced

Register now for our Library as Laboratory Lightning Talks session, May 11 @ 11am PT. In this final session of the Internet Archive’s digital humanities expo, Library as Laboratory, you’ll hear from scholars in a series of short presentations about their research and how they’re using collections and infrastructure from the Internet Archive for their … Read more

Writing Disability and Immigration from a Place of Wholeness, a guest post by Natalia Sylvester

I remember the first time someone told me my identity was “exotic” and checked “all the boxes.” More than 10 years ago, over fries and a milkshake at a diner after I’d attended a book reading, a fellow writer told me they were jealous of me and wished their own life as a white, cis, … Read more

Fairy Tales and Final Girls in THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL, a guest post by RM Romero

Fairy tales and horror may seem like completely dissonant genres, but they actually have many things in common. One of them is their reputation for treating their female characters poorly. They’re objectified damsels in distress who must be rescued by a police man or a huntsman, depending on the era the story takes place in. … Read more

Series are the “Comfort Food” of the Book World, a guest post by Erin Soderberg Downing

I’ve always been an avid series reader. I grew up alongside the members of the Baby-sitter’s Club, devoured Ramona and Fudge (always envious of, and thrilled by, their naughtiness), tested limits with Jessica and Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High imagination, learned how to embrace and cherish my strange Inside Sachar’s Wayside School, comforted myself on … Read more

Let’s Talk About Coming Out (in Life and Fiction), a guest post by Jen Ferguson

I’m out on twitter and have been for a long-ish while. At least, I’m out as a kick-ass demisexual. I don’t often talk about the fact that my attraction, when it shows up, isn’t confined by any specific gender. That being said, as much as some of us think so, the internet isn’t everything. I … Read more

Fact Versus Fiction in Middle Grade Literature, a guest post by Frank Morelli

Believe it or not, I went to college with aspirations of becoming a doctor. And not a doctor of words and ideas with a bunch of (admittedly) cool letters after my name, either. I wanted to be a medical doctor who could wield an ordinary scalpel the way Wayne Gretzky handles a hockey stick. Wait…in … Read more