Why Art is So Important During Turbulent Times

Column by Karis Rogerson
Art is extra important during times of turbulence because it provides escapism, fosters empathy and broadens our horizons.

The Voices of Trumpmerica

Column by Leah Dearborn
This is the first Independence Day under a new presidential administration, and it's unlikely to be one we'll forget.

10 Books Donald Trump Should Read

Column by Christoph Paul
I speak personally to President Trump and suggest 10 books that would make him a better human being.

Let's Get Political: 10 Tactics for Writing Resistance Fiction

Column by Susan DeFreitas March 27, 2017
Since 9-11, we're living in a brave new world--one where 'Brave New World' is once again a bestseller. But you don't have to write dystopian sci-fi to write fiction of the #resistance.

8 Books for March 8th: International Women's Day

Column by Stephanie Bonjack March 8, 2017
Women around the world have been celebrating International Women's Day since 1909. It marks our struggle for rights and equality. Here are a few titles by women making a difference in the world.

Resist, Rebel, Repeat: A Writer’s Guide to Post-Trump America

Column by Keith Rawson December 27, 2016
Have you turned into a scared little rabbit, since the election? If so, this column ain't gonna be for you. Because it's time to get pissed and stay pissed, people.

Finding Beauty in the Darkness

Column by Leah Rhyne December 21, 2016
We face dark times now, yes. It's important to realize: we've been here before, and we survived. I know because writers tell us, finding beauty in darkness, a literary legacy of stars in the night sky

How to Fight Fascism with Superheroes

Column by Bart Bishop December 15, 2016
A look at 'Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life', a collection of essays on how superheroes inspire— specifically Ron Currie Jr.'s take on the 1982 Wolverine mini-series and masculinity.

Two Notable Books on the Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy

Column by Ed Sikov November 22, 2016
On the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John F.Kennedy, Ed Sikov looks at two books by notable conspiracy theorists.

40 Years Ago, Howard The Duck Ran For President

Column by Peter Derk November 9, 2016
1976 was a simpler time. So much simpler that a duck could be trapped in an election he never made!

6 Horrible Comic Book Presidents (and One Good One)

Column by Bart Bishop October 20, 2016
A look at the last 40 years of comic book political satire, with real presidents turned into supervillains and supervillains turned into presidents.
Depulso: The More Harry Potter You Read, The Less You Like Trump

Depulso: The More Harry Potter You Read, The Less You Like Trump

News by Peter Derk
Do Harry Potter books contain the secret spell for stopping Donald Trump?

Darth Trump and Princess Hillary: How Claudia Gray's 'Star Wars: Bloodline' Mirrors the 2016 Election Year

Column by Bart Bishop August 10, 2016
A look at Claudia Gray's 'Star Wars: Bloodline', a novel that manages to be about the current election year without boring readers to tears.
Missouri Senator Filibusters Using 50-Cent's Book

Missouri Senator Filibusters Using 50-Cent's Book

News by Peter Derk
A Missouri senator in need of filibuster material turns to the writing of none other than 50-Cent.

7 Tips on How To Write a Better Open Letter

Column by Peter Derk
If you insist on writing an open letter, read this first.

‘The Manchurian Candidate’ and the 2016 Presidential Election

Column by Ed Sikov March 3, 2016
Richard Condon’s Cold War thriller has a few things to teach us about this year’s election. None of them are flattering.

The Dreaded R-Word: The Goods and Evils of Rhetoric

Column by Taylor Houston
Seems like "rhetoric" is always in the news lately. And it's never good. But why?

The Word Is Mightier Than ‘the Pen’: 5 Imprisoned Writers

Column by Ed Sikov
You think you've got it rough? Consider these writers, who landed in 'the pen', either for their politics or their writing. Or both. Or neither.
Tennessee’s Bill for Bible as Official Book Denied

Tennessee’s Bill for Bible as Official Book Denied

News by Raine Winters April 20, 2015
Looks like state won out over church this time.
Tennessee Names Bible as Official State Book

Tennessee Names Bible as Official State Book

News by Raine Winters April 17, 2015
What happened to separation of church and state?
Happy New Year! Here's Your Torture Report

Happy New Year! Here's Your Torture Report

News by Peter Derk
Melville House is publishing a print version of the recent report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, aka The Torture Report.
Authors Fight UK Prison Policy

Books Behind Bars: Authors Fight UK Prison Policy

News by Peter Derk August 5, 2014
A new policy about sending books to prisoners has authors in an uproar.
Hillary Clinton: Don't Call It A Campaign

Hillary Clinton: Don't Call It A Campaign

News by Peter Derk June 11, 2014
Hillary Clinton's book tour has launched, setting off a media nonsense-storm.
Paranoid Writer Mistakes Technical Glitch For NSA Tampering

Paranoid Writer Mistakes Technical Glitch For NSA Tampering

News by Sean May February 25, 2014
In an event that we're all sure actually happened, the writer of a book about Edward Snowden claims a mysterious hacker was deleting the words from his manuscript as he wrote.