Homelands, Handmaids, and HerStories at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books

With a captivating lineup, on-point panel topics, and several hundred book lovers willing to brave the rain, last year’s Festival of Books was certainly hard to beat. Though arguably, this year’s iteration may have been even better—and the sunny weather was only the beginning. The two-day event featured a similar format to years past, but … Continue reading Homelands, Handmaids, and HerStories at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books

Lit Ladies: A Reading List for International Women’s Day

There’s a lot going on in honor of International Women’s Day, but if you’re unable to participate in today’s many, many activities, know that it’s totally 100% okay. As a friend so aptly put it, “[M]any (if not most) women do not have the luxury of not working or not engaging in unpaid/paid work on International … Continue reading Lit Ladies: A Reading List for International Women’s Day

Puddles, Peaches, Parks, and More at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books

As sensitive as Angelenos are to rain, attendance at the 2016 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books impressed, well, everyone. On Saturday, the first day of the festival and one of the rainiest days of the year, scores of blue umbrellas dotted the USC campus, with each umbrella representing a new subscriber to the Los … Continue reading Puddles, Peaches, Parks, and More at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books

On Sweet Valley High, Chris Brown, and Being a Bad Feminist with Roxane Gay

I came to realize that I might be a “bad feminist” around the same time Beyoncé’s surprise album dropped. I loved the album. I mean, I liked Beyoncé a lot before the 13th of December 2013, but the album led me towards a whole new realm of fangirldom. As always, the tuneage was excellent, but what got me … Continue reading On Sweet Valley High, Chris Brown, and Being a Bad Feminist with Roxane Gay