Books

A toddler wearing a blue shirt rests their ear against a pregnant womans belly who is wearing a green shirt. The picture is collaged over a red background.

New Children's Book Shatters Monolithic Depictions of Motherhood

Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson’s new picture book, ‘How Mamas Love Their Babies,’ shows the many ways that mothers use their bodies to take care of and love their children.

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New Book 'Cycle of Segregation' Examines How Invisible Forces Reinforce Housing Inequity

Colorlines talks to authors Maria Krysan and Kyle Crowder about how invisible forces, such as social networks and personal experiences, contribute to residential segregation.

Publisher Launches Muslim-Focused Children's Book Imprint

Simon & Schuster bills Salaam Reads as the first major U.S. publishing imprint to center Muslim characters and stories.

Required Reading: Putting America’s Legacy of Failing Black Women Into Historical Context

The Association of Black Women Historians recommends books to put the current war on black women into historical context.

Read: New York Magazine’s Cover Story on Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about his new book, why he’s suspicious of the forgiveness narrative surrounding the Charleston massacre and more.

Mo'ne Davis Keeps Her Eyes on the Prize

The teenage shutout pitcher is cutting deals and dealing with hate.

New Law Book Could Change the Face of Reproductive Rights

The first of its kind, “Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice” gives law students a new, intersectional way of thinking.

Jamaican-American Poet Claudia Rankine Among National Book Critics Circle Nominees

Chang-rae Lee and Hector Tobar were also nominated.

Here's What to Read for in the National Book Awards

Several authors of color were named among this year’s finalists.

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

Mainstream pop culture has spent decades mining the house ballroom scene of black LGBTQ communities for inspiration–without recognition, or pay.

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Octavia Butler

The sci-fi writer made her mark on and off the page.

Mindy Kaling Has a New Book on the Way About Work, Race and Sad Things

It’ll focus on the busy life she’s led since 2011.

Lack of Diversity is Only a Symptom

Daniel José Older’s powerful essay calls out the publishing industry’s institutional racism.

WNBA's Brittney Griner Releases New Book, Mobile App Campign to Tackle Bullying

“In My Skin” hit bookstores on Tuesday.

Five Books that Reframe the Thanksgiving Narrative

These children’s books, authored by Native writers, help set the record straight.

Junot Díaz to Release Illustrated Edition of 'This Is How You Lose Her'

He’s teaming up with award-winning graphic novelist Jaime Hernandez to release a deluxe illustrated version of his best-selling short story collection.

Edwidge Danticat Talks About Writing Her First Novel in 10 Years

The author sat down with PBS NewsHour this week.

Latino Novel Banned in Arizona Public School

Cristina García’s book “Dreaming in Cuban” is banned due to a sexually explicit passage.

Summer Reads: Radical Immigrants, Tiger Babies and Bruce Lee!

The second in our series of must-read recommendations from independent booksellers. This week: Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Calif.

That Time Questlove Went Roller-Skating With Prince on Valentine's Day

Your favorite music snob’s favorite music snob has a new book out. Obviously you should read it.